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Layla M.

Feature film, 2016, 98 min.

Radicalized by her adopted country’s anti-Muslim measures, a Dutch-Moroccan teenager marries a devout jihadist and leaves Amsterdam to join an Islamist cell in the Middle East — only to discover that her new community has its own restrictions and prejudices.
Layla M. is a powerful drama about a young woman who, marginalized even within her own family, embarks on a search for identity, community, and purpose. This is not a film about someone longing for violence; rather, it's about someone desperate to truly belong somewhere.

won prizes

  • NL - Netherlands Film Festival Golden Calf (2)
  • UK - London Film Festival in competition
  • CA - Toronto International Film Festival selection

other prizes

  • FR - Les Arcs European Film Festival

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