Scene from the film Dil Leyla
Scene from the film Dil Leyla
Scene from the film Dil Leyla
Scene from the film Dil Leyla
Scene from the film Dil Leyla
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Dil Leyla

  • Germany
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At 26, a young 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.


  • Original Title
    Dil Leyla
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Asli Özarslan
  • Cinematography
    Asli Özarslan
  • Runtime
    71 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Germany
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • IDFA – International Documentary FF Amsterdam 2016
    • Max Ophüls FF Saarbrücken 2017
    • Thessaloniki Documentary FF 2017
    • One World FF Prague 2017
    • Movies that Matter FF Den Haag 2017
    • Achtung Berlin - new Berlin film award 2017
    • Crossing Europe FF 2017
    • Sehsüchte Int. FF 2017
    • DOK.fest Munich 2017
    • dokKa Film Festival 2017
    • Krakow Film Festival 2017
    • Int. Doc. & Short FF Kerala
    • Ischia FF 2017
    • DUHOK Int. Film Festival 2017
    • Nuremberg Int. Human Rights FF 2017
    • Arabisches FF Thübingen 2017
    • Document Int. Human Rights FF
    • Escales Documentaire 2017
    • Jetzt oder Nie - Filmtage Friedrichshafen 2018
    • Copenhagen Kurdish FF 2018
    • One World Romania Int. Human Rights Documentary FF 2018
    • Lisbon Kurdish FF 2018
    • London Kurdish FF 2018
    • Festival international du film de Nancy 2018
    • Films Femmes Méditerranée 2018
    • Globale Film Festival Berlin 2018
  • Awards
    • Human Rights Award (Fidadoc FF 2017)
    • Open Eyes Youth Jury Award (Nuremberg Int. Human Rights FF 2017)
    • Special Jury Mention (Festival International du Film de Nancy 2018)
    • Prix du Documentaire (Films Femmes Méditerranée 2018) is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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