Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette

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Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette (born 1979) is a Canadian actress, film director and screenwriter from Quebec. The daughter of documentary filmmaker Manon Barbeau and cinematographer Philippe Lavalette and the granddaughter of artist Marcel Barbeau,[1] she is best known to international audiences for her award-winning 2012 film Inch'Allah.[2]

Originally prominent as a child actor, her credits included the series Le Club des 100 Watts and À nous deux!. She later began making documentary films, including Les Petits princes des bidonvilles (2000), Buenos Aires, no llores (2001)[1] and Si j’avais un chapeau (2005),[2] before releasing her first feature film, The Ring, in 2007.[2] She later made the documentary films Les petits géants (2009) and Se souvenir des cendres (2010) before releasing Inch'Allah.[1] Se souvenir des cendres, a documentary about the making of Denis Villeneuve's 2010 film Incendies, won the Prix Gémeaux for Best Cultural Documentary in 2011.

She also published Je voudrais qu'on m'efface in 2010, a novel which revolves around some of the same characters as The Ring.[1]

An outspoken peace, human rights and international development activist, Barbeau-Lavalette was named artist of the year for 2012 by Les Artistes pour la paix, a Montreal-based organization that honours works of art involving themes of peace, in February 2013.[1] In the same month, Inch'Allah was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize for the Panorama section of the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.[3]


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