Mosul review: Netflix's war film invites polarised responses

Beneath the warm applause welcoming the release of Mosul, the first Iraqi-accented Netflix production, there is a simmering cynicism. Among some Iraqi spectators the film roused disappointment and apathy, a disagreement that is about more than just taste. The story, riveting as it is, rehashes an article published in 2017 by The New Yorker, profiling a rogue SWAT team fighting the Islamic State (IS) in their native Mosul. The main thread centres around a Kurdish policeman, Kawa (Adam Bessa), who is taken under the wing of SWAT leader Major Jasem (Iraqi-born Suhail Dabbach). Kawa is grudgingly …

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