Special evening10 July 2020
The jury of the film 202012 September 2020
On the occasion of the Écrans de l'aventure de Dijon, Friday, October 16 at 7:30 pm at the Olympia cinema :
Preview of the film :
9 jours à Raqqa
9 days at Raqqa
Realization: Xavier de Lauzanne
Production: Aloest Productions (France – 90 minutes)
Theatrical release in November 2020 - Official selection of the Cannes Film Festival 2020
- Some sequences may offend the sensibility of younger people -
At the end of the screening, you will be able to exchange with Xavier de Lauzanne and the writer Marine de Tilly who will be in audio connection with Leila Mustapha.
Leila Mustapha is Kurdish and Syrian. Her battle is called Raqqa, a city of 300,000 inhabitants, former capital of the Islamic state, reduced to a field of ruins after the war. Engineer by training, mayor at just 30 years old, immersed in a world of men, Leila Mustapha's mission is to rebuild her city, to reconcile its inhabitants and to establish democracy. An extraordinary mission. A French writer crosses Iraq and Syria to meet her. In this still dangerous city, she has nine days to live with Leila to tell her story in a book.
La femme, la vie, la liberté - Leïla Mustapha
The Women, the life, the freedom - Leïla Mustapha is a book of Marine de Tilly (Édition Stock - 29/01/2020)
"The people of Raqqa chose me to give them back their life, their word, their democracy, not to add my tears to the torrent of theirs."
On April 17, 2017, Leila Mustapha was appointed mayor of the former capital of Daech, the theater of the operation "Wrath of the Euphrates" led by the Syrian Democratic Forces and the coalition. She is the only woman in an assembly of 130 men. Who better than her, the child of Raqqa, a civil engineer just graduated, three times major of her class, not enrolled but hired by choice and necessity, to rebuild bridges, schools, hospitals, mosques, the 25,000 buildings blown down by the bombings and the 30,000 other holes by artillery fire? Who better than her, the Kurdish woman, who grew up with and among the Arabs, in their universities, to rebuild both the city and peace?
Who better than her, finally, the young woman, "in hair" and slim jeans, to defend her "sisters" who for more than three years survived like slaves? Her action in Raqqa, a mixture of courage, strength and lucidity, is a true emancipatory revolution for the Middle East ... but also for the West.
Marine de Tilly followed her, observed and listened to her, in the ruins as well as between the tombs of the "martyrs" and the tents of the displaced persons' camps.
An exceptional journey, for a woman who is a bearer of hope.