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Layla M. (2016)

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A teenage Muslim growing up in Amsterdam becomes radicalised.


Mijke de Jong
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Credited cast:
Nora El Koussour ... Layla
Ilias Addab Ilias Addab ... Abdel
Hassan Akkouch ... Zine
Yasemin Cetinkaya Yasemin Cetinkaya ... Oum Osama
Husam Chadat ... Sheikh Abdullah Al Sabin
Sachli Gholamalizad Sachli Gholamalizad ... Senna
Karl Ferlin Karl Ferlin ... Gastheer vluchthuis Antwerpen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zouhair Ait Aadi Zouhair Ait Aadi ... Jihadi trainingscamp Belgium
Mohammed Azaay ... Vader
Steef Cuijpers ... AIVD agent
Miraj de Groof Miraj de Groof ... Jihadi trainingscamp Belgium
Kerem Demirci Kerem Demirci ... Jihadi trainingscamp Belgium
Nici Granit Nici Granit ... Jihadi trainingscamp Belgium
Juju Habip Juju Habip ... Jihadi trainingscamp Belgium
Batouz Nassaj Batouz Nassaj ... Jihadi trainingscamp Belgium


Layla is an 18-year old girl, born and raised in Amsterdam. Layla is smart, witty and stubborn - and of Moroccan background. In the times of constant terrorist threat, she struggles with the increasing suspicion towards girls with headscarves and boys with beards that she witnesses every day. While her frustration grows, her faith intensifies. Eventually, she joins a group of Muslims who fight for their practice of Islam. Layla posts films online depicting the horrors in Syria and Gaza and makes political flyers. And she flirts with the charismatic Abdel. When her peaceful brother and she are arrested by the police, Layla, feeling hurt and isolated in her anger, more and more in conflict with her parents, is left with only one option: to leave home. She chooses marriage, with Abdel. After their wedding, Layla and Abdel roam the country together, perform 'missionary work', and raise money for the good cause. But after they narrowly escape a raid by the Belgian police on a group of ...

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Topkapi Films [Netherlands]


Arabic | English | Dutch

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17 November 2016 (Netherlands) See more »

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Laila M. See more »

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Dolby Digital



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The official submission of the Netherlands to the Foreign Language Film Award of the 90th Annual Academy Awards. See more »

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What a good surprise
14 July 2018 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

We can find this kind of feature in France from time to time. Daring social movie showing the Muslim extremist danger for our society. It shows very well how an ordinary Morocco descent young woman gets involved with Djihad groups. A highly modern scheme which makes you deeply think without any clichés, from the Inside. It shows you how it works. Then you make your own opinion. Period. The female director gave us the perfect job. Saw it on Netflix.

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