Monday Cinema: Peace By Chocolate

November 14 4:00 to 5:40 pm

PEACE BY CHOCOLATE is based on the inspirational true story of a family’s journey from Syria to Canada, and how they rebuilt their chocolate business into a symbol for international peace and hope.

The film follows the newly settled Hadhad family’s efforts to establish an artisanal chocolate shop in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. As business takes off and neighbours take notice, eldest son Tareq (Ayham Abou Ammar) struggles to reconcile his commitment to his family’s legacy with his own professional ambitions to be a doctor, much to the annoyance of eccentric patriarch Issam (Hatem Ali).

Peace by Chocolate offers both laughs and heartfelt lessons about the sacrifices we make for one another in our families as well as our communities as it explores the tension between duty and desire, looking back and looking forward.

“It’s a heartwarming story with a Come From Away vibe, and while it doesn’t shy away from the racism immigrants experience in Canada, the predominant mood is one of triumph over adversity.” - Chris Knight, National Post

Director: Jonathan Keijser / Cast: Ayham Abou Ammar, Hatem Ali, Mark Camacho, Yara Sabri / Country: Canada / Length: 1h 36 mins / Language: English, Arabic / Genre: Comedy, Drama, True Story / Rating: PG

Some subtitles.

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Monday Cinema is presented by Trail and District Arts Council and screens at The Royal Theatre, 1597 Bay Avenue, Trail. The series is part of the Toronto International Film Festival Film Circuit and proudly supported by Wellington Altus Private Wealth Management and MP Wealth Advisory.

All films begin at 4:00 pm.

Tickets $12 at or call the Box Office Monday to Friday from 12-4 pm.

Only 143 tickets available for this screening.

If tickets are available, they will go on sale at the venue 30 minutes before the screening.

Doors will open 30 minutes prior to show time.

Upcoming films in the series are:

Run Woman Run: November 28 - Beck lives on the Six Nations reserve in Ontario. After falling into a diabetic coma, she is visited by the spirit of Indigenous running legend Tom Longboat, who helps her to change her lifestyle and becomes her wise-cracking new life coach and personal trainer. Funny and touching, Beck’s journey from grief to triumph sees her face her mother’s death, and reconnect with her heritage.

Scarborough: December 5 - Over the course of one school year three kids growing up in a low-income neighbourhood find friendship and community in an unlikely place as they experience institutional violence and inequality. An unflinching but hopeful drama that shows the capacity for great triumph and great tragedy in this adaptation of the breathtaking novel by Catherine Hernandez.

Ali & Ava: December 12 - Using great music and infused with humour, Ali & Ava is a compelling contemporary romance that explores the developing relationship between the good natured and eccentric Ali and Ava, an Irish-born teacher and single mother of five. Both lonely for different reasons, they bond through their love of music, and find warmth, kindness, and humour with each other.

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Town: Rossland, BC
Venue: Trail RoyalTheatre
Address: 1597 Bay Ave, Trail BC