MOSUL – A budding Iraqi filmmaker yells “action!” as an actress clambers over rubble in Mosul’s Old City, proud students of a nascent film school in the former extremist region.
Mosul still bears the scars of the brutal reign of the extremist group, who overran the northern Iraqi city in 2014 and imposed their ultra-conservative interpretation of religious law.
Now, in a collaboration between the Mosul fine arts academy, a Belgian theatre company and UN cultural agency UNESCO, 19 students are getting a chance to make their first short films.
“We live in Mosul, we know everything that happened,” said 20-year-old theatre student Mohammed Fawaz. “We want to show it all to the world through cinema.”