David & Layla

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David & Layla
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Film poster
Directed by Jay Jonroy
Produced by Jay Jonroy
Gill Holland
Isen Robbins
Aimee Schoof
Written by Jay Jonroy
Starring David Moscow
Shiva Rose
Distributed by Films International Corp
Release dates
October 21, 2005
Running time
106 minutes
Country United States
Language English

David & Layla is a 2005 independent film directed by Jay Jonroy.


Inspired by a true story, sparks fly when a Jew and a Muslim fall in love in New York. David (David Moscow), TV host of "Sex & Happiness", becomes smitten with the voluptuous Layla (Shiva Rose) - a mysterious, sensual dancer who turns out to be a refugee. David's reckless pursuit of Layla sets off an unveiling of the similarities and contrasts of their ancient cultures. His lust grows into love as he discovers in stunning Layla a sensitive, intelligent war survivor with a rich culture that echoes his own. But their families are dead set against their unlikely romance. Faced with deportation, Layla must choose: David or Dr. Ahmad? Will David and Layla follow their hearts and blast through centuries of religious animosity? The film was inspired by the true story of the Muslim-Jewish couple Alwand Jaff and her husband David Ruby, both of whom have cameo roles in the film.



The Washington Post called it "a frothy little romantic comedy."[1] Variety described it as "an earnest, frequently funny comedy."[2] Film Journal International said "the picture takes its time in developing momentum; once attained, it becomes a watchable, optimistic cri de coeur."[3]


  1. ^ Hornaday, Ann (August 3, 2007). "Culture-Crossed Lovers". The Washington Post. 
  2. ^ Nesselson, Lisa (July 19, 2007). "David & Layla". Variety. 
  3. ^ Karten, Harvey S. (February 19, 2008). "David & Layla". Film Journal International. 

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