At 26, a Kurdish-German woman is elected the youngest mayor in Turkey. In a record 81% landslide she is elected mayor of Cizre, a Kurdish capital city that lies in the war-torn region at Turkey’s border with Syria and Iraq. It is here that Leyla was born, but after her father was killed by the Turkish military, she was sent at the age of 5 to live in Germany.
After more than 20 years, she returns home. Her goal is to heal and beautify the civil-war-torn city, which is enjoying a break in the violence. But on the eve of Turkey’s parliamentary elections, everything changes, and old memories become more real than ever.
Locations: Cizre/Turkey and Bremen/Germany TV version LEYLA nominated for 2018 Grimme Prize 'Young Documentary'
Max Ophüls Preis
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
One World Documentary Film Festival
Movies that Matter Festival
Crossing Europe Filmfestival Linz
Agadir International Documentry Festival
Documentary Film Festival Karlsruhe
Krakow Film Festival
Studio Hamburg Nachwuchspreis
Ischia Film Festival
First Steps Berlin
Duhok International Film Festival
Nuremberg Human Rights Film Festival
Document 2017 Glasgow
Arab Film Festival Tuebingen
Escales Documentaires de La Rochelles
- Director Asli Özarslan
- Director of Photography Carina Neubohn
- Editor Ana Branea
- Sound Jonathan Schorr, Nami Strack, Aljoscha Haupt, Oscar Stiebitz