LAYLA M.

By Mijke DE JONG

EYE FILMMUSEUM - as PROMO

Drama - Completed 2016

Layla (18), a Dutch girl with Moroccan roots, joins a group of radical Muslims. She encounters a world that nurtures her ideas initially, but finally confronts her with an impossible choice.
Sales: Beta Cinema

Festivals
& Awards

Toronto - TIFF 2016
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    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • NETHERLANDS
    • Languages
    • DUTCH, ARABIC, ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Mijke DE JONG
    • Writer(s)
    • Mijke DE JONG, Jan EILANDE, Jan EILANDER
    • EIDR 10.5240/2D69-19F8-7D7E-B293-3915-G
    • Producer(s)
    • Arnold HESLENFELD (TOPKAPI FILMS), Frans VAN GESTEL (TOPKAPI FILMS), Laurette SCHILLINGS (TOPKAPI FILMS)
    • Synopsis
    • Layla (18), born and raised in Amsterdam, is smart, witty and stubborn – and of Moroccan background. She struggles with the increasing suspicion towards girls with headscarves and boys with beards. While her frustration grows, her faith intensifies. She joins a group of radical Muslims and posts films online depicting the horrors in Syria and Gaza and makes political flyers.
      When both Layla and her peaceful brother are arrested by the police, she feels hurt and isolated in her anger and decides to leave home to marry charismatic Abdel. After their wedding, the couple roams the country, performing 'missionary work'. When they get involved in a shootout they have to flee to the Middle East. Layla encounters a world that nurtures her ideas initially, but finally confronts her with an impossible choice.
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