THE LOST SOULS OF MOSUL
with Francesca Mannocchi
30 October 2018
A screening and discussion will be presented by Francesca Mannocchi of her film ISIS, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul, which recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2018. The weapons that Isis has left in inheritance for the future are hundreds of thousands of children educated in violence and martyrdom. 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.
About ISIS, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul
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. Five-hundred 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 neighbors 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 marginalization and stigma, in which battle blood leaves room for daily revenge and retaliation, for violence as the only response to violence.
About Francesca Mannocchi
Francesca Mannocchi, Journalist and reporter. She has worked for several Italian and international newspapers and TV channels for several years. Her work focuses primarily on migration and conflict zones. She has produced news reports from Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Tunisia, Egypt, and Afghanistan. She followed and spoke about the difficult post-revolutionary transition in Libya, the wars in Gaza, the coup in Egypt in 2013, the fight to free Sirte and Mosul from Isis occupation. She was awarded two prizes: Premio Giustolisi for her survey on the smuggling of migrants and Libyan prisons, and the 2016 Premiolino, the main prize for journalists in Italy. Her first book will be released in January 2019 with the title: “Everyone Shall Take Their Own Blame”, (Laterza Publishing Company).