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.

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Director: Xavier de Lauzanne
  • Producer: Xavier de Lauzanne, François-Hugues de Vaumas
  • Release Date: May 12, 2021


  • Production Company: Aloest Production
  • Cast: Leila Mustafa, Jihane Cheikh Ahmed, Elizabeth Gawria
  • 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