FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Groundbreaking feature documentary MOSUL to hold a special screening in Tampa
"For the nation to endure, a city must die"
Join this special screening of a documentary that discuss' the drawback of the battle to reclaim the city of Mosul from the Islamic State (ISIS).
(Arlington, VA ) – MOSUL is holding a special screening in Tampa on Tuesday May 21, 2019. The groundbreaking and vibrant story from a team of Iraqi war correspondents is set to stun audiences around the world. Through a small band of Iraqi filmmakers, the film takes its audience on a thrilling journey into the heart of darkness - up the Tigris River, from Baghdad to Mosul, and ultimately coming face to face with the poisonous ideology that will leave a country in ruins. The release will be followed by a post-screening and Q&A with the filmmakers Daniel Gabriel, Ali Sada, and Jens Dakin moderated by Howard Altman, managing editor of the Military Times and award-winning editor and writer.
MOSUL’s unprecedented footage showcases the progression of the battle through the journey of multiple characters from contrasting backgrounds and ideologies who all have a significant role in the fight to recapture the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State (ISIS). Despite declarations of victory over ISIS by the Iraqi and U.S. governments, MOSUL is a timely reminder of an unimaginable reality: Even though their dreams of a Caliphate lie in tatters, ISIS’ destructive ideology and brutal campaign of murder still poses an existential threat to Iraq and the region. Many of the characters featured in MOSUL remain very much in the fight against ISIS, as they now struggle to rebuild their homes and families. MOSUL is a character-driven, feature-length documentary (1 hr 24 min). (https://mosul-film.com)
About Daniel Gabriel (Director and Executive Producer)
Daniel Gabriel is the Executive Producer and 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 a graduate certificate program in Filmmaking at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (2013), and in Producing (2014) at UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. This is his debut film.
Screeners available to the members of media upon request.
Academy of United States Veterans
The panel will be moderated by Howard Altman, managing editor of the Military Times. He is an award-winning editor and writer who was previously the military reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, where he covered CENTCOM, SOCOM and SOF writ large among many other topics. Altman’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Newsday, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, The Daily Beast, Wired, and many other publications around the world.
In 2016 the Iraqi government led a military operation to reclaim the city of Mosul, which had been seized by ISIS two years prior. The bloody battle ended nine months later in victory for Iraq, but it came at a high cost. While the exact numbers are still unknown, the estimated death toll was somewhere around 10,000 people, with over 3,000 being civilians. At one point, ISIS began kidnapping innocent citizens, barbarically using them as human shields. Besides the loss of lives, the structural damage to the city was devastating. In director Dan Gabriel’s eye-opening documentary, MOSUL, viewers are given an unparalleled amount of access to the infamous conflict. The film is assembled from point-of-view combat footage and raw interviews taken by Iraqi journalist, Ali Maula, and his crew. Making the documentary wasn’t easy as the filmmakers risked death, ducking sniper fire and carefully avoiding car bombs. Adding to the film’s authenticity is the fact that Gabriel did six tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He and Maula’s personal experiences and vast knowledge of the region make this an important and in-depth documentary on the subject. (In English and Arabic with subtitles) —E.F.