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Syrian Refugee Drama ‘Peace by Chocolate,’ Starring Hatem Ali, to Bow at Tribeca, UTA Selling (Exclusive)

Syrian Refugee Drama ‘Peace by Chocolate,’ Starring Hatem Ali, to Bow at Tribeca, UTA Selling (Exclusive)

Uplifting refugee drama “Peace by Chocolate,” which marks the last film starring late great Syrian actor and director Hatem Ali, is set to world premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival.

UTA Independent Film Group will be handling world sales on the English-language pic, which is directed by Canadian first-timer Jonathan Keijser and will bow as part of the fest’s online Tribeca at Home presentations announced today.

“Peace by Chocolate” is based on the true story of Tareq Hadhad who fled from war-torn Syria with his family and founded a now booming chocolate business in Canada called Peace by Chocolate.

The protag’s father is played by Hatem Ali, who passed away prematurely last December at 58. Ali was known across the Arab world as both an actor and the influential director of political TV dramas such as “The Long Night,” about three dissidents released from a Syrian prison after 20 years of incarceration.

See full article on Variety