Inch'Allah (2012 film)

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Directed by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette
Produced by
Written by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette
Music by Levon Minassian
Cinematography Philippe Lavalette
Edited by Sophie Leblond
Distributed by E1 Films Canada
Release date
  • September 8, 2012 (2012-09-08) (Toronto International Film Festival)
Country Canada
Language French

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. At the 1st Canadian Screen Awards, it received five nominations, including Best Motion Picture.


Stationed at a clinic in Ramallah, West Bank and crossing daily past the checkpoints to and from her apartment in 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.



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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