9 Days in Raqqa

Leila Mustapha is Kurdish and Syrian. Her fight is Raqqa, the former capital of the Islamic state of three hundred thousand inhabitants, reduced to a field of ruin after the war. An engineer by training, mayor at just 30 years old, immersed in a human world, her mission is to rebuild her city, to reconcile, and to establish democracy there. An extraordinary mission. A French writer crosses Iraq and Syria to meet her. In this still dangerous city, she has 9 days to live with Leila and tell her story in a book.



Cannes Film Festival in 2020

Nominee of Best Documentary, Lumiere Awards in 2022

It’s All True – International Documentary Festival in 2021

Rome Film Festival in 2020

Nominated for Asian Film Award for Best Sound Vincent Villa


Director: Xavier de Lauzanne

Production Company: Aloest Production

Producer: Xavier de Lauzanne, François-Hugues de Vaumas


Sound Department:

Re-recording mixer/Sound designer: Vincent Villa

Sound Editor Assistant and Mixer: Sreymoch Kim

Additional Sound Editor Assistant: Thana San


Nominated for Best Documentary at Lumiere Award, France in 2022