Peace by Chocolate (2022)

Opens in May

Director: Jonathan Keijser Run Time: 96 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: Alika Autran, Ayham Abou Ammar, Hatem Ali, Kathryn Kirkpatrick, Mark Camacho

Country: Canada
Language: English, Arabic

About the film: 

World premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. After the bombing of his father’s chocolate factory, a charming young Syrian refugee struggles to settle into his new small-town life, caught between following his dream and preserving his family’s legacy.

Tareq Hadhad and his Syrian family immigrate to the small town of Antigonish in Canada. Tareq’s father Issam starts making chocolates again that are a hit at the local church, neighborly Frankrounds up local investors for a new factory, while local chocolatier Kelly feels threatened by the rivalry. While Issam’s “Peace By Chocolate” business continues to grow, Tareq is torn between his dream of becoming a doctor and his obligation to the family business.

“A true story brought to dramatic life with a combination of genuine humor and deep pathos.”

— Christopher Llewellyn Reed for Film Festival Today 

About the filmmaker: 

Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jonathan Keijser is a filmmaker and musician, with a Bachelor of Music in classical performance and a Masters of Fine Arts from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is the President of Magnetic North Pictures, a media company focused on creating socially-conscious storytelling. Peace by Chocolate (2022) is his feature film debut.

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