After fleeing war-torn Lebanon after the family's chocolate factory is bombed, Tareq Hadhad (Ayham Abou Ammar) and his Syrian family immigrate to the small town of Antigonish in Canada. Tareq’s father Issam (Hatem Ali) starts making chocolates again that are a hit at the local church, neighborly Frank (Mark Camacho) rounds up local investors for a new factory, while local chocolatier Kelly (Alika Autran) 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.
Based on a true story, Jonathan Keijser’s narrative feature debut encompasses the themes of immigration, refugees from a war-torn country, the power of food to bring people together, the “Canadian Dream” of growing a small business and prospering, and choosing between your passion and your family. Tribeca alumni producers Catherine Léger and Martin Paul-Hus (Slut In A Good Way) return with this charming dramedy that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. —Judd Taylor
Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jonathan Keijser is an award-winning storyteller. As a film director, producer, screenwriter, and professionally-trained musician, Keijser is committed to sharing uplifting stories of progressive communities and people with the goal of encouraging positive social change.