Jonathan Cortés Suárez
Juan Andres Arango
Producer, Director, Writer
Babek Aliassa studied architecture in Paris, then cinema at La Fémis. Soon after arriving in Canada in 1996, he settled in Toronto and became involved in its French-speaking artistic community for which he founded the Laboratoire d'art (lelabo.ca), a media arts centre that quickly became an essential link in the artistic creation in French Canada.
After directing a short film and two documentaries, he moved to Montreal to make his first feature film, Halal Butcher Shop. The theme of immigration is central to his work and greatly influenced by the many times Babek has moved in his life, from France to Iran and from English Canada to Belarus, before settling down in Quebec.
Babek is passionate about the right of artists from diverse origin and background to tell their own stories within the Canadian and Quebec media industries. He has served on the board of Diversité artistique Montréal (DAM) to promote more inclusive representation on stage and screen.
Babek is also a producer. His latest feature screenplay, Bassima's Belly, has received institutional support and will be shot next winter (2022) in Montreal. He has two daughters.