The Alchemist Bar in Nairobi, in collaboration with the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of East
Africa, are hosting a free screening of a 2017 documentary filmed and directed by Oliver
Sarbil tonight (19 June).
Mosul is the story of the men who fought back against the repressive rule of ISIS for more
than two years– and defeated the Islamic State in their heartland.
“In October 2016, an elite team of Iraqi Special Forces was tasked with leading the fight to
drive ISIS from the city. It was the beginning of a brutal battle of attrition that was to last
almost nine months.
“Filmed over the course of the whole campaign, MOSUL follows the experiences of four
young soldiers: Anmar, a college graduate seeking revenge after his father was the victim of
a suicide attack; Hussein, a ruthless sniper and aspiring soccer player; Jamal, a wise-
cracking sergeant; and Amjad, a young recruit excited to be on the frontline.
“Full of hope and good intentions at the beginning of the campaign, the soldiers are forced to
confront the reality of fighting an elusive and vicious enemy in a city full of trapped civilians
who are themselves fearful and suspicious of the army. And with victory in sight, tragedy
strikes. When ISIS eventually capitulates, much of the city is destroyed, and the surviving
soldiers are left haunted by what they have seen and done..”
The screening begins at 7.30PM and entrance is free. You can find the Alchemist Bar on Parklands Road in Nairobi, just behind Kwik Fit.