Peace By Chocolate: Review

Peace By Chocolate: Review

In 2017, Tareq’s (Ayham Abou Ammar) family were forced to emigrate from Syria to Canada after his father, Issam’s (Hatem Ali) chocolate factory was destroyed. Moving to a new country is certainly daunting, especially when moving to such a different country as Canada is and especially when Tareq thinks that he’s the only Arab in Antigonish.

Tareq is also a qualified doctor and is keen to get work, despite having no paperwork to prove his qualifications. However, it seems that with his father’s confectionary knowhow and the right opportunity, Tareq and Issam could start to change the world.

Peace by Chocolate is the biopic of a family of Syrian refugees who moved to Canada and set up their own chocolate business, which also aims to shed light on the issues of refugees from around the world. Starting out in the style of a typical Hallmark type film, Peace by Chocolate seems to have the kind of format that audiences may find predictable.

However, that’s where the film draws the audience in. Where they are expecting a feelgood, inspirational movie of triumph that can wash over them, that’s where Peace by Chocolate starts laying down its story.

Something which all audiences could enjoy, a story like Peace by Chocolate could be as warm and inviting as the thought of eating chocolate itself. However, Peace by Chocolate is not afraid to tell its story in a way which gives its audience what it wants, whilst simultaneously telling them the honest truth about experiences that refugees have in other countries.

For example, where other films may have played on audience’s emotions by showing Tareq applying for jobs and being rejected, Peace by Chocolate shows the struggle and explains why it feels so difficult for Tareq to move on. This is mixed in with family drama and conflict where Issam wants his son to feel happy with what he’s got, but Tareq can only think about what he’s lost.

Peace by Chocolate doesn’t express its drama by making the audience feel pity for Tareq and his family either. Neither does it show a family triumphing in the face of adversity to make the audience think that everything’s ok. Instead, Peace by Chocolate becomes a much more fulfilling experience than its seemingly sweet nature implies.

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