ISIS, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul

a film by Francesca Mannocchi, Alessio Romenzi

ISIS, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul

Italy, Germany | 2018 | 80:00 min

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In wars it is not uncommon for the defeated to bury their weapons before retreating, hiding arsenals waiting for better times. The weapons that Isis has left in inheritance for the future are hundreds of thousands of children educated in violence and martyrdom. In Isis’s ideology children are the most effective weapon to bring into the future the idea of a great universal Caliphate: successors of one goal, creating a world divided in half, on the one the Jihadists and on the other the infidels to be exterminated. 500 thousand minors lived in Mosul alone, during the three-year occupation of the Islamic State. Isis, Tomorrow traces the months of war through the voices of the children of militiamen trained to become suicide bombers, but also of their victims and those who fought them. Today, fighters’ descendants are children who bear the burden of having been educated to kill their neighbours and to make the ideology survive so that it can be reborn from the ashes of the fathers. Isis, Tomorrow follows the destiny of the surviving families of the fighters in the complexity of the post-war period, a post-war time of marginalisation and stigma, in which battle blood leaves room for daily revenge and retaliation, for violence as the only response to violence. (La Biennale di Venezia)

La Biennale di Venezia 2018 - world premiere
26 Hot Docs Toronto
34 DOK.fest Munich
Human Rights FF Berlin
Cast and Crew
  • Director Francesca Mannocchi, Alessio Romenzi
  • Producer Gabriele Immirzi (FremantleMedia Italia), Martina Haubrich (CALA Filmproduktion), Lorenzo Gangarossa (Wildside)
  • Director of Photography Francesca Mannocchi, Alessio Romenzi
  • Editor Emanuele Svezia, Sara Zavarise
  • Score Andrea Ciccarelli
Director's Statement
Isis has lost Mosul. But has it been really defeated? Or does real war – for those who have endured it and those who survive – begin right the day after a proclaimed victory? This film stems from the questions which became more and more insistent every day of the months of fighting in Mosul and which accompanied us in the strenuous phases of the post-war period: what is necessary to do to save the hundreds of thousands of children raised for three years under Isis? How can we prevent these children from being the breeding ground for tomorrow’s terrorism?
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