9 Days in Raqqa

9 jours à Raqqa

France 2020
In Arabic, English, French and Kurdish, with English subtitles
88 min
Suitable for audiences age 16 and above
Director: Xavier de Lauzanne
Cast: Leila Mustafa
Production: François-Hugues de Vaumas / Aloest Productions
Print Source: Taskovski Films

At just 30 years old, Leila Mustapha, a Kurdish Syrian civil engineer by trade, has become the mayor of Raqqa, Syria. Once known as the capital of ISIS, Raqqa was left in ruins following a violent civil war, but the newly elected mayor Mustapha has big dreams of rebuilding the northeastern Syrian city. In this riveting, inspiring film which was one of the three documentaries selected for the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, filmmaker Xavier de Lauzanne follows French writer Marine de Tilley over the course of nine days as she travels to the still dangerous city of Raqqa to chronicle Mustapha, a woman operating in a predominantly man’s world, and her ambitious plan to restore democracy.