Aziza feels lost as she does not seem to find a person to confide in, when struggling with a personal issue. Her protective brother suspects that she is hiding something. But is her brother really as unforgiving as he's pretending to be?
Jochem de Vries
Aya El Bouazatti,
Nora El Koussour
After a "white lie" which spirals out of control, a neurotic, naive and musically gifted Muslim cleric's eldest son must follow through with an arranged marriage, except he is madly in love with an Australian born-Lebanese girl.
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 »
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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