Layla M. (2016)

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18-year-old Layla, a Dutch girl with Moroccan roots, joins a group of radical Muslims. She encounters a world that nurtures her ideas initally, but finally confronts her with an impossible choice.

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A brisk, involving film that depicts "radicalization" from a humanist angle while applying proper consideration to the political and cultural currents from which such transformations stem.

May 8, 2018 | Full Review…

An astute detailing of a Muslim woman's radicalization in Amsterdam and beyond.

Sep 11, 2016 | Full Review…
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... the filmmakers do a rather great job getting the audience to understand their lives and minds and often their hearts.

Apr 13, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a stark reminder that some of the worst choices we can come from universal places of injustice and alienation.

Mar 27, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Chilling in how it shows a Dutch teen doubling down on her Islamic defiance, sobering in how it shows her idealism betrayed

Mar 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There's a believable, shopworn naturalism to the performances, and a particular spontaneity and vibrancy to El Koussour.

Nov 8, 2017 | Full Review…

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