Netflix has released the trailer and poster for war drama Mosul, written and directed by Matthew Michael Carnahan and produced by Anthony and Joe Russo. The film will hit the streaming service on Thursday, November 26.
Mosul stars Suhail Dabbach (Major Jasem), Adam Bessa (Kawa), and Is’haq Elias (Waleed).
When ISIS took their homes, families and city, one group of men fought to take it all back. After inexperienced Iraqi cop Kawa (Adam Bessa) is rescued from a harrowing firefight by the elite Nineveh SWAT team, he’s quickly inducted into the rogue squadron, a band of ten brothers-in-arms led by the wise Major Jasem (Suhail Dabbach).
Under constant threat of attack, the unit embarks on a dangerous guerrilla operation, determined to wipe out an enemy base and restore order to the lawless territory. Mosul is an extraordinary true story of heroism in the face of overwhelming odds.
In addition to the Avengers filmmakers, the movie’s producers also include Mike Larocca, Jeremy Steckler, and Dawn Ostroff.
The executive producers include Todd Makurath, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Mohamed Al-Daradji, Patrick Newall, Wang Zhongjun, Wang Zhonglei, and Felice Bee.
Mosul premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival – receiving a standing ovation acknowledging standout performances from Adam Bessa and Suhail Dabbach amongst additional cast drawn from the Middle East, North Africa and the Iraqi diaspora.
The film also recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Produced by AGBO and Condé Nast Entertainment, Mosul was shot in secret on location in the Middle East, exploring the true story of an elite police unit made up almost entirely of native sons of Mosul and their desperate fight, block-by-block to reclaim their city.
The movie is based on an extraordinary feat of journalism by Luke Mogelson in The New Yorker in which he embedded with the unit for two months. Shot by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Mauro Fiore, Mosul is beautiful, epic and impossibly tense.
“Our writer/director Matthew Michael Carnahan was the perfect artist to depict this uniquely regional story which champions a culture that has never really been championed on screen before. The heart of the movie depicts the innate desire to fight for country and home,” said Anthony and Joe Russo.
Matthew Michael Carnahan added: “I hadn’t even finished Luke Mogelson’s New Yorker article about the Nineveh SWAT Team when I knew I wanted to tell this story on film, and with actors from that part of the world, speaking their native language -so that someday we might be able to show a larger audience how remarkable the people on this Team are, how they’ve had to live their lives quite literally from one minute to the next, in the broken remains of their city, endlessly fighting a group trying to take everything from them.
“And by making a film about this subject, in this manner, maybe we could get at a larger truth about just how similar we as decent human beings are – despite differences in language, culture, or religion, we all want the same things for the people we love – it’s just that some people have to wade through hell to have a chance at those things.
“That this hope I had two years ago while reading an article has actually come to fruition is still hard to believe. I cannot say ‘thank you’ to Joe and Anthony Russo enough for providing me the opportunity…”