"I had never read a report and wept in the end. The commitment of this team and everyone in Mosul has brought me to tears. It needs to be told as truthfully as possible. There was no other way to do it," said the director, who in this production takes on the role of producer with his brother.
Hollywood is often accused of demonizing and humiliating Arab characters.
The producers said they hoped this film would be a turning point in the way Muslims are portrayed on screen.
This is the first production of the new studio of the Russian brothers, AGBO.
"We couldn't be more proud of her," celebrated Joe Russo.
End of stereotypes
Iraqi executive producer Mohamed Al Daradji said the film could finally help eliminate racist stereotypes.
"I am very optimistic that this movie can pave the way for Hollywood to make more positive films about the Arab world and the Middle East," he said.
"Unfortunately, we were portrayed very badly for a long time. I suffered from it, we all had experiences like this," he told reporters.
But in this movie, the heroes are "admittedly Iraqi, Arab and Muslim […] talking exactly how the police in Mosul speak […]. We never have the opportunity to have a positive Arab story told. By the way, we are human beings like you, "joked the producer.
Joe Russo said the fight for Iraq's second largest city has become a "symbol of the modern state of war."
Screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan said his condition for making the film was that it was recorded in Arabic, but he was shocked when the Russians immediately accepted it.
Just four months after Mosul's resumption in December 2017, filming began in Morocco for security reasons with a mostly Iraqi cast.
"I'm ashamed to admit, my country has been at war with Iraq since I was 17 years old and in high school. I never knew that the Nineveh SWAT team existed," said Carnahan, who also wrote to WWZ blockbusters' arguments. : World War "(2013) and" Deep Horizon – Gulf Disaster (2016).