In the past two decades, plenty of Hollywood War Movies acted in the Middle East depict Arabic warlords as villains. The first movie ever to depict Arab actors in a stout position is “Mosul”. The thrilling documentary is an American film; however, the Arabic language used to tell the story of Nineveh SWAT team’s effort to fight ISIS three years ago in Iraq’s third-largest city.
Mosul was directed by the directors of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ directors Anthony and Joe Russo among other producers. The two producers’ goal was to of amplifying the voices of those who traditionally aren’t heard in Hollywood through the film.
“It is important to us that we try to tell stories that are not Anglo-centric, that are not Hollywood-centric. And, you know, it was one of the more profound moments in our careers when one of the actors in the movie told us that this was the first time that he was able to play, as an Arabic actor, a hero in a film and not a terrorist or a villain. And that’s a disturbing notion”, Joe Russo said.
The film features Adam Bessa a Tunisian-French actor as a newly minted Iraqi police officer who joins the hardened SWAT team after the Islamic State Fighters kill the uncle. ‘Mosul’ is an excellent breakthrough in Hollywood, as stated by Bessa.
“It’s historical, you know, to have the opportunity to do it and to tell this story in the Arab language, Iraqi dialect, Arab actors. As said Matthew, you know, to have the opportunity to express yourself in this kind of production thanks to the Russos and Matthew for trusting us. I mean, yeah, of course, I have messages, people all over the place. My mother is like, ‘I’m going to watch it without subtitles?’ I was like ‘Yeah, you’re going to watch it without subtitles”, Bessa said.
This Netflix movie is a perfect illustration of a Hollywood movie that has outstanding content that portrays a positive image of the Middle East.