“We tried to give a, a view, a human view on this whole subject. So it's all based on the characters,” de Jong said about portraying Layla and her boyfriend as rational actors with complex perspectives that drive them to radicalization. “Layla M.” is the story of a Dutch-Moroccan teenager who is radicalized by anti-Muslim laws in the Netherlands. Nora El Koussour plays Layla, who marries a young jihadist fighter before the two leave Europe to join a terror cell in the Middle East. Director Mijke de Jong highlights the cultural and political divisions that drove Layla to leave in a Q&A with Los Angeles Times writer Jeffrey Fleishman.
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