“Layla M.“ Director Mijke de Jong on how polarization contributes to radicalization

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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