Inch'Allah (2012 film)

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Poster for the film "inchallah".jpg
Directed byAnaïs Barbeau-Lavalette
Produced by
Written byAnaïs Barbeau-Lavalette
Music byLevon Minassian
CinematographyPhilippe Lavalette
Edited bySophie Leblond
Distributed byE1 Films Canada
Release date
  • September 8, 2012 (2012-09-08) (Toronto International Film Festival)

Inch'Allah is a Canadian drama film, released in 2012. Written and directed by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, the film stars Évelyne Brochu as Chloé, a Canadian medical doctor with the Red Crescent. Splitting her time between her clinic in Ramallah, West Bank and Jerusalem, Chloé finds her loyalties torn as she witnesses the effects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on her friends, colleagues and patients on both sides of the border. At the 1st Canadian Screen Awards, Inch'Allah received five nominations, including Best Motion Picture.


The exposition opens with a bomb attack at a street cafe in Israel. Chloé (Évelyne Brochu) is a young Canadian obstetrician who works at a Red Crescent clinic in Ramallah, West Bank. She shares an apartment in Jerusalem with her Israeli friend Ava, who is a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces. While commuting by bus between her apartment and Ramallah, Chloé passes through checkpoints on a daily basis. One of Chloé's patients is a pregnant Palestinian woman named Rand (Sabrina Ouazani), whose husband Ziad is in an Israeli prison awaiting trial. Chloé also befriends Rand's older brother Faysal (Yousef Sweid), younger brother Safi (Hammoudeh Akarmi), and mother Soraïda (Zorah Benali). Faysal works at a print shop that produces Palestinian propaganda posters.

After gunmen open fire on the nearby Beit Shomron Israeli settlement wounding two civilians, Israeli soldiers round up and question the men in the refugee camp. Back in Jerusalem, Ava confides in Chloé about her unease with the dehumanizing aspects of checkpoint duty but is unable to quit her job. Later, Chloé spends time with Rand and Safi, who are rummaging for supplies in a rubbish dump near the separation barrier. One of the local children tries to attack an armored Israeli truck but is run over and killed. The boy is later lauded as a martyr during a funeral procession.

The boy's death has an effect on Chloé and she confronts Ava about the disproportionate attention given by the Israeli authorities towards the settlement shooting. Ava is defensive and responds that the two settlers were seriously wounded. While spending time with Faysal and Rand's family in Ramallah, Chloé learns about the effects of the Israeli military occupation. As their friendship grows, Chloé becomes more sympathetic to her Palestinian hosts and helps Faysal plaster propaganda posters.

Chloé also convinces Ava to issue Faysal and Rand's family with a travel pass to visit Soraïda's ruined former village. While Soraïda is grateful, Faysal is bitter towards Chloé for reminding them of what his family has lost. Later, Chloé and Ava visit a night club in Tel Aviv. The following morning, Chloé learns that Rand has entered into labor and rushes back to Ramallah. Chloé and her Palestinian hosts try to reach a local hospital but are obstructed by an Israeli checkpoint. As a result, Rand is forced to give birth at the back of their van and her infant son dies.

Rand is distraught by the loss of her son and news that her husband Ziad has been sentenced by an Israeli military court to a 25-year term. Rand is bitter towards Chloé and blames her for the death of her child. A guilt-ridden and dejected Chloé returns to Jerusalem. Meanwhile, a grief-stricken Rand infiltrates Jerusalem and blows herself up in a crowded street cafe; tying the climax to the exposition. Following the attack, Chloé visits Faysal's photocopying shop in Ramallah and learned that Rand had perpetrated the suicide bombing and become a "shahid." While Chloé reads Rand's farewell letter, the denouement is interspersed with footage of Safi playing by the separation barrier and imagining a growing tree.



Director Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette submitted the screenplay to micro_scope producers Kim McCraw and Luc Déry, with McCraw saying she and Dery were initially reluctant to take on a second complicated project in the Middle East after Incendies (2010), but the issue in the screenplay was important enough that it should not be ignored. McCraw personally went to Jordan to work on the film.[1]


University of Berlin film scholar Claudia Kotte wrote the film, along with Incendies (2010), Monsieur Lazhar (2011) and War Witch (2012), represent a break in the Cinema of Quebec from focus on local history to global concerns.[2] Authors Gada Mahrouse, Chantal Maillé and Daniel Salée wrote McCraw and Déry's films, Incendies, Monsieur Lazhar and Inch'Allah, depict Quebec as part of the global village and as accepting minorities, particularly Middle Easterners or "Muslim Others".[3]


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.[4]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
Berlin International Film Festival 7–17 February 2013 FIPRESCI Prize Inch'Allah Won [5]
Canadian Screen Awards 3 March 2013 Best Motion Picture Luc Déry, Kim McCraw and Stephen Traynor Nominated [6]
Best Actress Évelyne Brochu Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Sabrina Ouazani Nominated
Best Cinematography Philippe Lavalette Nominated
Best Editing Sophie Leblond Nominated
Jutra Awards 2013 Best Film Luc Déry, Kim McCraw and micro_scope Nominated [7]
Best Supporting Actress Sabrina Ouazani Won[8]
Best Art Direction André-Line Beauparlant Nominated
Best Editing Sophie Leblond Nominated
Best Costume Design Sophie Lefebvre Nominated
Best Sound Sylvain Bellemare, Jean Umansky and Jean-Paul Hurier Nominated
2014 Most Successful Film Outside Quebec Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette Nominated [9]


  1. ^ Ritchie, Kevin (14 December 2011). "Best of the Year: micro_scope". Playback. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  2. ^ Kotte, Claudia (2015). "Zero Degrees of Separation: Post-Exilic Return in Denis Villeneuve's Incendies". Cinematic Homecomings. Bloomsbury Academic. p. 288. ISBN 1441101071.
  3. ^ Mahrouse, Gada; Maillé, Chantal; Salée, Daniel (Fall–Winter 2013). "Monsieur Lazhar: Exploring the dis/junctures between art and life in Québec". Quebec Studies. 56: 8.
  4. ^ "Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette nommée Artiste pour la paix". Radio-Canada, February 14, 2013.
  5. ^ "Inch'Allah wins the FIPRESCI prize at the Berlin Film Festival". The Gazette. February 15, 2013.
  6. ^ "Rebelle leads the film nominations for the first Canadian Screen Awards". The Gazette. January 15, 2013.
  7. ^ "Spotlight shines on Quebec cinema at the Jutra awards". CBC News. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  8. ^ Lussier, Marc-André (17 March 2013). "Rebelle s'impose aux Jutra". La Presse. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  9. ^ Dumais, Manon (23 March 2014). "JUTRA 2014: LE TRIOMPHE DE LOUIS CYR". Voir. Retrieved 12 May 2017.

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