ISIS, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul


Hart House Theatre Tue, Apr 30, 2019 6:45 PM
Hart House Theatre Wed, May 1, 2019 3:15 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 13 Sat, May 4, 2019 9:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Italy
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Made In Italy
Film Subjects:Children & Youth
Middle East
Religion & Spirituality
War, Conflict & the Military
By Program - Sort:Closed Captions & Full Subtitles
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Francesca Mannocchi
Alessio Romenzi
Producer(s):Gabriele Immirzi
Martina Haubrich
Lorenzo Gangarossa
Executive Producer(s):Silvia Bonanni
Editor(s):Emanuele Svezia
Sara Zavarise
Cinematography:Alessio Romenzi
Francesca Mannocchi
Composer:Andrea Ciccarelli


Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) may have lost control of the Iraqi city of Mosul, but they left behind their deadliest weapon: children. For an ideology aimed at raising the great universal caliphate, where people are either loyal jihadists or expendable infidels, young minds are pliable, in wide supply and a guarantee of future armies. Acclaimed journalists Francesca Mannocchi and Alessio Romenzi returned to Mosul in 2016, just months after Iraqi forces and their allies liberated the city. For two years, they documented children from both sides of the conflict, including 13-year-old Omar, who was indoctrinated as an ISIS fighter by his own father, and 12-year-old Yousef, who watched his family resist and be slaughtered in front of him. In chilling interviews and starkly beautiful compositions, this searing indictment leaves little hope for the coming generations—lost souls either frozen in trauma or hungry for revenge. Myrocia Watamaniuk

Content notice: Film contains some graphic imagery.

Made In Italy program presented in partnership with the Italian Trade Commission and Istituto Luce-Cinecittà.