Free Film Screening @manaratalsaadiyat presented by @nlinuae and @moviesthatmatterfestival on Monday, December 16 at 7:30pm
Directed by Mijke de Jong
RSVP Required at: http://cs-laylam.splashthat.com
Join us and bring your friends to discover this remarkable and intelligent film starring Nora El Koussour and Ilias Addab in a film directed by acclaimed filmmaker Mijke de Jong about a Dutch girl with Moroccan roots who encounters a world of radicalism that confronts her with an impossible choice.
In Dutch, Arabic with English Subtitles
Rating ( PG-13 ) - Parental Guidance is advised
Synopsis: 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. She joins a group of radical Muslims who fight for their practise 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, 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 then they get involved in a shootout between a group of young jihadists and the Belgian police, they have to flee, to the Middle East. Layla encounters a world that nurtures her ideas initially, but finally confronts her with an impossible choice.
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