Director Mijke de Jong says political polarization in the Netherlands contributed to her research and portrayal of Layla as a Muslim teen whose values conflict with European laws and norms. “Layla M.” is the fictional 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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