MOSUL was filmed between October 2016 and August 2017 by journalist Ali Maula and his team of independent Iraqi filmmakers. Beginning in the fall of 2016 during operations in Nineveh Province and east Mosul, Ali and his team cross the Tigris River into west Mosul, where fanatical ISIS fighters are holed up in homes, hospitals, schools, and mosques, using civilians as human shields as they make their desperate last stand.

Granted unprecedented access to refugee camps, ISIS detainees, and active combat zones, Ali and his crew voyage into the heart of darkness and return with riveting stories, seen here for the first time.

Risking sniper fire and ISIS suicide car bombers, they gather dozens of hours of exclusive interviews and combat footage that capture the heroism and horror; the grit and incongruity of 21st century total warfare.

Two years in the making, MOSUL is led by Director and Executive Producer Daniel Gabriel, developer of the groundbreaking TV series "Daesh: Exiting Hell," the first extended TV series featuring in-depth interviews with ISIS defectors filmed in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Morocco.


Dan Gabriel

Director & Executive Producer

Daniel Gabriel is the creative direction behind MOSUL. His knowledge and deep understanding of the region and its politics began while he was working as a CIA counterterrorism officer in 2003, eventually completing six tours to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. After his time with the CIA, Dan’s interest in filmmaking led him to complete graduate work in Filmmaking at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (2013), and in Producing (2014) at UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television. This is his debut film.


Matt Schrader | producer

Matt Schrader is a documentary filmmaker, Emmy Award-winning news producer and a graduate of the University of Southern California's Annenberg School and School of Cinematic Arts. As a special projects producer for news agencies including CBS and NBC, his investigative journalism has changed lives and laws, and returned millions of dollars to consumers and communities. In 2014, he left his job with CBS to direct "Score: A Film Music Documentary, " one of the most comprehensive collections of interviews with modern maestros ever assembled.

Mike tucker

Michael Tucker | co-producer

Michael Tucker is responsible for developing stories programs and scripts, and supervising field production and postproduction. Mike also manages the WebStringers media production office in Austin, Texas. Prior to joining WebStringers, Mike was head writer and senior producer for TeleProductions International, Ltd., where he worked with Larry Higgs to develop and produce documentaries and other TV programming for the Latin American and Middle Eastern markets.

Bashar atiyat

Bashar H. Atiyat | narrator

At age 23, Bashar served as a lieutenant in the Jordanian army. During his career as a war correspondent, he became a Middle Eastern liaison working on various noteworthy productions in Hollywood. His goal was to bring authenticity and meaning to Hollywood productions that portrayed people of Arab decent. Bashar’s narration on Mosul speaks volumes to the heart of the pain, the loss and an ideology that has left a country with an unmeasurable loss of human life.


AMR Hassanin | co-producer

Amr Hassanin Is a Producer, Director, and Editor with extensive experience in the production of commercials and Middle Eastern Media. Amr has directed and produced numerous short films and documentaries with extensive technical background and abilities in both visual and music production. Amr is also a linguist and communication expert with a degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Communication & International Media.


Photek | composer

Rupert Parkes, known as Photek, is an LA-based British record producer, film & TV composer, and electronic music DJ. Photek is currently the composer on the ABC’s hit show How to Get Away with Murder. Photek was a game-changer in the UK dance music explosion of the 90’s, and after three consecutive Grammy Award nominations, his music has earned universal respect and acclaim.


Peter Bawiec

Sound Editor & Re-recording Mixer

Peter Bawiec is a Sound Designer & Re-recording mixer nominated for an MPSE Golden Reel Award for his work on Score: A Film Music Documentary. Films he worked on were featured in national and international film festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin and SWSW. His sound design played in cinemas across the world as well as on VOD and in prestigious art galleries. Peter's passion lies in creating sound stories that take the audience on journeys beyond the boundaries of their own imagination.


Christopher Campbell | editor

Christopher Campbell is a writer, video editor, animator and graphic designer in the Washington, DC metro area. He is currently a senior editor and animator with Henninger Media Services in Arlington, Virginia where he works with corporate, independent and network projects ranging from feature films and reality TV series to web PSAs and broadcast advertisements.


Justin Radano

post-production coordinator

Justin Radano is a Writer, Producer, and Actor based in the Washington, DC metro area. Aside from his work on Mosul, Justin has multiple films in the international film festival circuit and is currently a Content Producer with Henninger Media Services. Justin is currently developing a series pilot and has a bachelor degree in Politics & Media Studies from the University of Connecticut.