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Isis, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul

Out of Competition

Francesca Mannocchi, Alessio Romenzi
FremantleMedia Italia (Gabriele Immirzi), Rai Cinema, CALA Filmproduktion (Martina Haubrich), Wildside (Lorenzo Gangarossa)
Running Time:
Iraqi Arabic
Italy, Germany
Francesca Mannocchi, Alessio Romenzi
Alessio Romenzi, Francesca Mannocchi
Emanuele Svezia, Sara Zavarise
Andrea Ciccarelli
Stefano Bari (D-Color)


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

Directors’ 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?


PRODUCTION 1: Fremantlemedia Italia S.p.A.
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00195 - Rome, Italy
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PRODUCTION 2: Rai Cinema
Piazza Adriana 12
00193 - Rome, Italy
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PRODUCTION 3: CALA Filmproduktion GmbH
Boxhagener Str 106
10245 - Berlin, Germany
Tel. 49.151.14070556

PRODUCTION 4: Wildside S.r.l.
Viale Mazzini 9
00195 - Rome, Italy
Tel. 39 06 94516900

WORLD SALES: Cinephil - Philippa Kowarsky
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