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‘Inch’allah’ Pulled from Israeli Film Festival in Australia (See Vid)

A festival patron demanded the film be pulled because it is "anti-Israeli."
Inch'allah, a film depicting a Canadian doctor who finds her sympathies sorely tested while working in the conflict ravaged terrirories, was disqualified at a Jewish festival in Australia.

Inch'allah, a film depicting a Canadian doctor who finds her sympathies sorely tested while working in the conflict ravaged terrirories, was disqualified at a Jewish festival in Australia.

The Israeli Film Festival has cancelled scheduled screenings of award-winning French-Canadian film Inch’allah, following complaints it was “anti-Israeli” and should never have been part of the event, WA Today reports.

The decision to pull the film was made by Albert Dadon, chairman of the Australia Israel Cultural Exchange, which presents the festival.

Dadon said the inclusion of Inch’allah was “an error” in the first place, because the film was a French-Canadian production, not an Israeli film.

But the Australian-Jewish web site J-Wire quotes a festival patron, David Schulberg, who says he wrote the organizers condemning the inclusion of Inch’allah, which he called “anti-Israeli,” saying that it “gravely misrepresents the situation that exists in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, highlighting the alleged suffering of Palestinians at the hand of the Israelis by distorting and distending the facts on the ground”.

Schulberg also noted that the director, Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, whose film is the tale of an Arab doctor driven to become a suicide bomber, was one of 500 Montreal artists who had signed a petition in 2010 supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

Sol Salbe, who attended a Melbourne screening of Inch’allah, said he felt the removal of the film was wrong, and made for the wrong reasons.

Film critic and broadcaster Peter Krausz labelled the decision to withdraw the film from the program “appalling,” claiming it “makes us a laughing stock around the world.”

Here’s the plot summary of Inch’allah, from Rotten Tomatoes:

Chloe (Evelyne Brochu) is a young Canadian obstetrician working in a makeshift clinic in a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank, where she treats pregnant women under the supervision of Michael (Carlo Brandt), a French doctor.

Facing daily checkpoints and the separation barrier, Chloe is confronted with the conflict and the people it affects: Rand (Sabrina Ouazani), a patient for whom Chloe develops a deep affection; Faysal (Yousef Sweid), Rand’s older brother, a fervent resister; Safi (Hammoudeh Alkarmi), their younger brother, a child shattered by war who dreams of flying across borders; and Ava (Sivan Levy), a young soldier who lives next door to Chloe in her apartment in Israel.

Her encounter with the war draws Chloe into an adventure that’s both deeply personal and as large as the land. She loses her bearings, is uprooted, and goes into freefall. There are trips that shake us and transform us. There are trips that shatter all of our certainties. For Chloe, INCH’ALLAH is such a trip.(c) eOne

Please share your impressions with us.


About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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16 Responses to “‘Inch’allah’ Pulled from Israeli Film Festival in Australia (See Vid)”

  1. Sivan Levy says:

    Again u published the wrong film. Very relaiable.

  2. David Blatt says:

    This is nothing to celebrate

  3. David Blatt says:

    This is nothing to celebrate

  4. David de Sevilla says:

    was it paid with israeli taxes?

  5. was it paid with israeli taxes?

  6. Carolin Knox says:

    All Israeli films that end up in these festivals are about remorseful soldiers/mossad, or the poor abused Arabs. Sad!

  7. Carolin Knox says:

    All Israeli films that end up in these festivals are about remorseful soldiers/mossad, or the poor abused Arabs. Sad!

  8. benisrael says:

    Good Decision. Thank goodness Australia has racial vilification laws rather than American style free speech.  This film would have certainly offended and insulted me. 
    The Racial Discrimination Act makes it unlawful to insult, humiliate, offend or intimidate another person or group in public on the basis of their race, including national or ethnic origin.

  9. Bibi is promoting the lie with his 2 state solution. He gives the impression that the Arabs are justified. Can we blame the world? Bibi must GO.

  10. Bibi is promoting the lie with his 2 state solution. He gives the impression that the Arabs are justified. Can we blame the world? Bibi must GO.

  11. If all these Arabs are such sympathetic characters as these film directors tell us, who are doing all that slaughtering in the Arab world, and who are all those imposter Arabs who vent their hatred at their perceived enemies, most of them fellow Arabs?

  12. Alana Ronald says:

    ? Published the wrong film?

  13. Yechiel Baum says:

    France and Canada – two historically anti-Semtiic countries.

  14. LydieCoup says:

    StephaneLeclair Triste. On ne s’en sortira donc jamais ?

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