David & Layla in American cinemas!

KurdishCinema / May 2 - 2007 / Melbourne

David & Layla, New York based Kurdish director Jalal Jonroy’s
first feature film will hit the American cinemas soon! David &
Layla will be shown at 8 different cinemas throughout USA
starting on 20 of June 2007. Released by Films International
Corp David & Layla runs for 108 minutes. You can watch the
trailer of the film below!

The director said that he has dedicated his film to his sister
"whose husband was kidnapped in 1963. Later he was found
murdered with 170 other civilians in a mass grave. Her two
sons are refugees in Germany" and to his brother who is
"missing since 1993. In 2003 his remains were found in
Saddam’s Abu Ghraib mass grave. His widow and three
children are refugees in

Watch the trailer of David & Layla!!!

Synopsis of David and Layla

"Inspired by a true story, David is something of a public access
cable celebrity, host of an interview show called Sex &
Happiness, a show that playfully explores the correlation
between sex, spice, and contemporary coupling. During a taping of one episode he almost
literally trips over a voluptuous, mysterious, sensual Middle Eastern dancer named Layla.
Though he’s already reluctantly engaged to another woman, Abby, a svelte, Jewish, kick
boxing instructor, David falls head over heels for Layla, who turns out to be a Kurdish Muslim
refugee. Despite this seemingly insurmountable hurdle David pursues Layla with reckless
abandon, setting off a playful veiling and unveiling of the differences and similarities between
the two cultures. Theirs is truly a match made in heaven, a place they might just wind up in a
lot sooner than each other imagines!

    As if their own personal cultural differences were
    not enough to derail this funny, obsessive
    romantic entanglement, here come the parents.
    David’s parents, observant conservative Jews,
    greet the news with equal feelings of rejection,
    and abandonment. Forget about the fact that
    David’s father is a cheerful philanderer (whose
    infidelity is rewarded by a testicular injury). The
    acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree, indeed. Layla’s
    uncle (her family was killed in Iraq by Saddam
    Hussein) is as radical a traditionalist as David’s
mother and father are devoted Jews. At David’s editing bay, during a rare, touching and sober
vignette, Layla provides a brief but shocking history into the genocide of Kurds in 1988 in
Halabja, Iraq. But lighthearted repartee, and sexual chemistry, is never far behind. David
invokes the names of Jewish legends like Freud and Einstein while Layla explains that the
ones and zeroes and the writing of algebraic code for modern computers were revolutionized
by al-Khwarizmi. They navigate the Hudson River by boat, exchange words of ardor over wine
(and, of course, food), and debate their differences in the rain by the light of the moon.

Meanwhile, Layla is having immigration problems, which would seem to make David’s
proposal of marriage a welcome proposition, especially given her parents choice of a mate:
Muslim Dr. Ahmad, a wealthy, middle-aged ex-patriot who holds no sense of adventure or
romantic potential for Layla.

Still and all, Layla will not accept David as a husband unless he agrees to become Muslim, a
plan that doesn’t even sit well with the local Lebanese Imam, that is, until Howar, Layla’s
musical accompanist, explains that one of the most revered translations of the Koran was
written by a Jewish scholar. Just when Solomon-like wisdom peeks its head around the
corner comes another revelation: that vasectomy David had earlier been subjected to, at the
teasing suggestion of his ex-fiancée, Abby.

“David & Layla” is a warm, big-hearted comedy-romance. It’s a timeless story about the
differences that threaten what is pure about love. On a lighter level it’s the Hatfields vs. the
McCoys, it’s Romeo and Juliet, without the poison and the daggers, it’s about bagels and it’s
about…spice. On a more serious level it’s the mixing pot of the Middle East in America,
specifically in Brooklyn. It’s finally Layla who teaches David more about love, and love and sex
than a whole season’s worth of his television show could possibly convey. And it’s finally David
who ultimately strikes a delicate balance that will allow his absolute love for Layla to become a
romance for the ages." (from the press kit of David & Layla)

David and Layla will be shown in the below cinemas in USA:

20/07/2007 - Regal University Town Center 6
Irvine, CA.

20/07/2007 - Landmark Maple Art Bloomfield
Hills, MI

20/07/2007 - Landmark Bethesda Row,
Bethesda, MD

20/07/2007 - AMC Shirlington, Arlington, VA

20/07/2007 - Annapolis Harbour 9, Annapolis,

20/07/2007 -Belcour Theatre, Nashville, TN

20/07/2007 - Circle Cinema, Tulsa, OK

20/07/2007 - Glenwood Arts, Overland Park, KS

David and Layla's credits:

Written, produced and directed: by Jalal Jonroy
Director of photography: Harlan Bosmajian
Editing: Egon Kirincic
Music: Richard Horowitz, John Lissaeur
a Newroz Films production
Running: 108 minutes
Language: English with some Kurdish dialogue


David Fine: David Moscow
Layla: Shiva Rose
Mel Fine: Peter Van Wagner
Uncle Ali: Ed Chemaly

For more information about David & Layla please visit:
newrozfilms or davidandlayla.com

Copywright: KurdishCinema.com