ISIS, TOMORROW. THE LOST SOULS OF MOSUL
by Francesca Mannocchi & Alessio Romenzi
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.
Director: Francesca Mannocchi, Alessio Romenzi
Produced by FremantleMedia Italia - Gabriele Immirzi, Rai Cinema, CALA Filmproduktion - Martina Haubrich, Wildside - Lorenzo Gangarossa
Executive Producer: Silvia Bonanni
Music: Andrea Ciccarelli
Cinematography: Alessio Romenzi, Francesca Mannocchi
Edited by Emanuele Svezia, Sara Zavarise
DIRECTOR - FRANCESCA MANNOCCHI
Francesca Mannocchi has worked for a number of Italian and international newspapers and TV channels for several years. She mainly engages in the narrative of migrations and conflict zones. She has produced news reports from Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Tunisia, Egypt, and Afghanistan. She followed and told about the difficult post-revolutionary transition in Libya, the wars in Gaza, the coup in Egypt in 2013, the fighting to free Sirte and Mosul from Isis occupation. She has been honored with two prizes: Premio Giustolisi for her survey on the smuggling of migrants and Libyan prisons, and 2016 Premiolino, the main prize for journalists in Italy.
DIRECTOR - ALESSIO ROMENZI
Alessio Romenzi‘s photos are on the pages of prime international newspapers: Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, L’Espresso, Der Spiegel, Paris Match, and Stern. His work focuses on wars and migratory phenomena. He depicted the Arab Springs before devoting himself to the Syrian conflict. He was one of the first photographers who could document the protests against Bashar al Assad’s regime and then the war in Syria. Recently he focused on the migratory phenomenon in Libya and to the fighting to free Sirte and Mosul from Isis occupation. He has been honored with the World Press Photo and many other international awards including Picture of the Year, Premio Baldoni, Premio Dolega.
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"A deeply disquieting plunge into the unending nightmare of children in the Iraqi city of Mosul"
"Urgent... Isis, Tomorrow portrays a place on this earth in a state of exception, and yet connected to us all, to everyday life, to the structures that we all – in various ways – subject ourselves to, whether willingly or not: The idea of the state and its command of allegiance, ideology and its command of faith, the search for meaning and its command of commitment."
- Modern Times Review
"Fascintating... takes the viewer deep into the heart of post-war Iraq and describes, through heart-stopping images of the ruined city and in the words of the survivors, the harrowing aftermath of victory by government forces."
- The Hollywood Reporter