A Québec native who has lived and studied in the vicinity of the West Bank, director Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette is no stranger to the latent frictions of multiculturalism. Having cut her teeth on a slew of lauded documentaries, Barbeau-Lavalette makes her sophomore foray into the world of fiction features with “Inch’Allah” (“God Willing”). The film, she says, uses the perspective of a young Canadian physician abroad to explore the experience of “the divided population of the West Bank.” Chloé, who works in a women’s health clinic on the Palestinian side of the border and lives in an apartment on the Israeli side, develops close ties to people in both worlds. Ultimately faced with a choice that carries consequences for each of these twin realities, Chloé is confronted with the absurdity of her impact on struggles that can never really be her own.
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