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    Layla M.

    Directed by Mijke de Jong
    Netherlands/Belgium/Germany/Jordan | 98 minutes | World Cinema Now

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    Layla M.

    Directed by Mijke de Jong
    Netherlands/Belgium/Germany/Jordan | 98 minutes | World Cinema Now

  • View Trailer

    Layla M.

    Directed by Mijke de Jong
    Netherlands/Belgium/Germany/Jordan | 98 minutes | World Cinema Now

  • View Trailer

    Layla M.

    Directed by Mijke de Jong
    Netherlands/Belgium/Germany/Jordan | 98 minutes | World Cinema Now

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    Layla M.

    Directed by Mijke de Jong
    Netherlands/Belgium/Germany/Jordan | 98 minutes | World Cinema Now

This powerful, nuanced and resonant drama follows a teenage girl living in Amsterdam, who becomes disillusioned by daily encounters with racism, and turns to Islam. Her relationship with a Jihadist completes her radicalization, but her journey is far from over… Winner: Outstanding Performance, Philadelphia.

film synopsis

Layla is a fiery, opinionated, 18-year-old Dutch-Moroccan girl living in Amsterdam who becomes disillusioned by daily brushes with casual racism. Making matters worse, her family seems to be more than happy to assimilate into Dutch culture and give up their values. Frustrated, she turns to Islam, but her faith becomes increasingly radical. She falls for a devout Jihadist and heads to the Middle East, only to discover that the new life she has pledged to isn't so welcoming to her gender. Director Mijke de Jong navigates some very difficult territory here with great tact and humanity, finding universal themes of identity and family in a specific and all-too relevant story.

"Mijke de Jong's exploration of the issues surrounding radicalization and identity [is] distinguished by its intelligent approach to complex matters, the polished visuals of cinematographer Danny Elsen and a knockout central performance from newcomer Nora el Koussour." Allan Hunter, Screen

Winner: Special Jury Award, Outstanding Performance, Philadelphia

film details

Director: Mijke de Jong
Producers: Frans van Gestel, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings
Screenwriter: Jan Eilander, Mijke de Jong
Cinematographers: Danny Elsen
Editor: Dorith Vinken
Music: Can Erdogan
Cast: Nora el Koussour, Ilias Addab, Mohammed Azzay, Esma Abouzahra, Bilal Wahib
Country: Netherlands/Belgium/Germany/Jordan
Language: Dutch
Deaf Friendly: Yes
Year: 2016
Running Time: 98 minutes

2017 PS Film Festival