Inch’Allah

review inch allah

We follow a woman wearing a backpack through a crowded street. Kids play around her, diners laugh and eat at a cafe, and a caged pigeon stares blankly at a little boy’s smiling face. And then the world explodes. Chloé (Evelyne Brochu) is a Canadian doctor straddling the Israeli/Palestinian border both in her daily activities and in her sympathies. She lives in Israel but works in a clinic on the other side of the concrete wall in the Palestinian city of Ramallah. In addition to the day job she’s taken on private nurse duties for a young, pregnant woman named Rand (Sabrina Ouazani) whose husband awaits sentencing from an Israeli judge. Chloé is equally friendly with Ava (Sivan Levy), a female soldier who lives one floor below her. They share the ride to work every day with Ava stopping at the border while Chloé continues past it. The film follows Chloé’s day to day experiences in a world where the cycle of violence is never-ending, and all the club-hopping, drinks with friends, and late night calls home to her mother in Canada can’t change that. She’s witness to the carnage left behind by terrorist bombings and the human rights violations, violent inspections and casual death that come as retribution, and like everyone else there’s not a damn thing she can do about any of it.

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InchAllah Movie

In Inch’Allah, one of the most dire, prevailing political struggles of our time is drawn into focus through the eyes of a Canadian doctor (Evelyne Brochu) working in Palestine. Obviously the subject matter comes with baggage. Ask people what they think of Syria or Taiwan or the DKR, and you never know what answer you’ll get, but everyone has an opinion about Israel. Written and directed by talented newcomer Anais Barbeau-Lavalette, the real pedigree of this film stems from producers Luc Dery and Kim McCraw who have taken both Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar to recent Oscar nominations. Both films, like Inch’Allah had an element of Middle Eastern culture. Check out the trailer for yourself:

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published: 12.19.2014
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published: 12.18.2014
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