If the solution to violence was more violence, then the US airstrikes against the Jihadist group ISIS would have worked by now. Iraqi sitcom "Dawlat al-Khurafa" which roughly translates to "State of Myths", is employing humour and silly puns to fight against the ISIS, which now controls large swathes of Iraqi territories.
The new 30-episode satirical series which started airing on Iraqi state television on Saturday, mercilessly ridicules the ISIS and aims to expose the true nature of the militant group, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
By mocking the Jihadi terror group, "State of Myths" takes a brave and loud step towards disrupting and deconstructing the authoritarian image that the ISIS has maintained so far. The idea is to undermine the fear they inspire across the world by making them a laughing stock.
"We are doing this so that children don't go to bed scared of Islamic State," writer of "Dawlat al-Khurafa" Thaer al-Hasnawi, said.
The Iraqi sitcom also depicts the suspicion with which most citizens view the countries that are coming to the defence of the jihadists. In fact, the original trailer of the series throws light on the widely popular conspiracy theories that claims United States, Qatar and Israel were responsible for the rise of the Islamic State. It was however, scrapped after executives decided that amid a US-led bombing campaign, ridiculing their allies would be too risky, reported the Washington Post.
Set in a fictional Iraqi town that is has been taken over by the jihadists, the sitcom has shifted focus to mocking the Islamic State rule instead. Some of the funny plotlines include a local drunk taking on the uncompromising passion of a convert, while enjoying a few drinks on the side. The show ridicules the illogical interpretation of Islam by the ISIS by showing a grocer who learns that he can't mix noun genders when it comes to vegetables.
"We are giving the audience the real image of Daish," says Khalil Ibrahim, an Iraqi actor who plays the town's mayor in "Dawlat al-Khurafa". "We are educating people, talking to the people who are supporting this group," he added.
While names of some of the cast members will not be shown in the credits and the scriptwriter has insisted on remaining anonymous, the sitcom will be broadcast nationally and be available for viewing in the Islamic State-controlled land — large portions of the western and northern provinces.