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Inch'allah filmmaker named Artist for Peace 2012

inch'allah.jpgThe film Inch'allah tells the story of a Quebecoise doctor who is living in Israel but working in a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank.

The character, Chloe (Evelyne Brochu), makes personal connections on both sides of the massive wall that separates the two territories, and eventually finds herself in a battlefield -- both emotionally, and literally.

"She will at one point have to choose her side," says filmmaker Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette.

Barbeau-Lavalette recently returned from the Berlinale Film Festival, where the film was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize, chosen by a jury from the International Federation of Film Critics.  

And just after her return to Montreal, she was presented with the Artist for Peace 2012 award.

"After all these years of living and working and thinkng this deep conflict in Palestine and Israel, it tells me that I did it for something," says Barbeau-Lavalette. "That I can participate... in a dialogue."

Listen to Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette's conversation with Cinq à Six host Jeanette Kelly.

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Photo: Courtesy Les Flims Séville.

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