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Layla M.

Eighteen-year-old Layla, who was born and raised in Amsterdam, is smart, stubborn and of Moroccan origin. As she struggles with the increasing suspicion towards girls with headscarves and boys with beards, her faith intensifies. She joins a group of extremists who fight for their practice of Islam. She opts to marry a fellow extremist, Abdel, and together they travel and raise money for their causes. When they are involved in a shootout, they are forced to flee to the Middle East, where Layla encounters a world that initially nurtures her ideas, but finally confronts her with an impossible choice.

Layla M.
Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Jordan / 2016 / Arabic and Dutch dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 98 mins
Genre: Drama
Programme: Arabian Nights
Premiere: Middle East Premiere
Rating: 15+
Contains: Adult References and Violence
Director: Mijke De Jong
Producer: Frans Van Gestel, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings
Scriptwriter: Jan Eilander, Mijke De Jong
DOP: Danny Elsen
Editor: Dorith Vinken
Composer: Can Erdogan Sus
Cast: Nora El Koussour, Ilias Addab
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