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 ...
The song Layla played at the hotel is called Ya Ghayeb, it is a love song by the Lebanese artist Fadl Shaker who in 2011 gave up music for religious reasons, joined a group of radical Sunni militiamen and sang for the Islamic Salafism. Shaker now is serving 15 years sentence with hard labor for his participation in clashes with the Lebanese army. See more »
When in Syria, Layla is welcomed and looked after by a European convert lady who later tells Layla that she came from Germany. While Layla identified herself as coming from Amsterdam and spoke Dutch in most of the film, she and the German lady conversed in English. Germans & Dutch have a good level of intelligibility that doesn't necessitate using English. See more »
To the point, nothing else
At a time of the ISIS raucous war in the Middle East, a Muslim teen with a strong identity falls prey to Jiddahists, trading her confortable life in a working decent family in The Netherlands for an unknown future. Strong character but naive beliefs do the rest. Modest production, conveys the idea and tells a lesson
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