Mosul 980

Disguised as an ISIS fighter, a young woman emerges from the trunk of a car. She is one of 3000 Yazidi women kidnapped from Mosul by the Islamic State in 2014 and sold as sex slaves. Now she is on the run, trying to find her way between ruins and corpses. Major hostilities seem to be over, but the situation remains dangerous. Single shots can be heard, along with detonations and radioed instructions – her persecutors are still on her heels.
by Ali Mohammed Saeed
with Redhab Ahmad, Mohanad Hayal
Iraq / USA 2019 Arabic 10’ Colour


  • Redhab Ahmad (Duraa)
  • Mohanad Hayal (Iraqi Soldier)


Written and Directed by Ali Mohammed Saeed
Screenplay Mustafa Sattar Jabbar
Cinematography Maytham Al-Daradji
Editing Ali Al Kaabi
Music Mehran Mirmiri
Sound Design Arash Ghasemi
Sound Mixing Mohammed Ghasemi
Sound Saif Ali Jabara
Production Design Huda Al-Kadhimi
Art Director Salah Al-Saadi
Costumes Salah Al-Saadi
Make-Up Salah Al-Saadi
Assistant Director Huda Al-Kadhimi
Casting Redhab Ahmad, Mohanad Hayal
Colour Correction Tom Antos
Post-Production Supervisor David Armstrong
Production Manager Muhanad Taeeb
Producers Ali Mohammed Saeed, Huda Al-Kadhimi, Hikmat Al-Beedhan

World sales

Ishtar Iraq Film Production

Produced by

Enki Film Academy

Art City Company For Cinema And TV Production

Ishtar Iraq Film Production

Ali Mohammed Saeed

Born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1976. In 2013, he founded the non-profit organization Enki Film Academy in the USA, of which he continues to be the CEO to this day. Since 2017, he has also been the executive director of the 3 Minutes 3 Days Film Festival in Iraq. He is studying the master’s degree in broadcast and cinematic arts at Central Michigan University and, in 2009, won the Sharjah Award for Arab Creativity. Mosul 980 is his directorial debut.


2018 Mosul 980; short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019