On Mon, 21 Mar 2022, and as part of Celebrating Syria Festival, we had the film screening: Peace by Chocolate: Tribute to Hatem Ali at Chapeltown Picture House. In the last of Hatem Ali’s films, after the bombing of his father's chocolate factory, a young charming Syrian refugee struggles to settle into his new small-town life, caught between following his dream and preserving his family's legacy. It was a beautiful film. Syrian chocolates were given to audience as a tribute to Hatem Ali and a reminder of the peacefulness of Syrians.
This event is part of the 5th Celebrating Syria: a Festival of Arts and Culture. For the full festival programme, please visit celebratingsyria.org
Building on 4 years of success, culminating in an entirely virtual festival in December 2020, Rethink Rebuild Society persists with its creative mission, showcasing the talent and creativity of Syrian artists in the UK and presenting a truly bright image of Syria and its culture and heritage, an image that has long been neglected amidst the war and the refugee crisis.
The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Distance’, a title that is ‘inspired’ by social distancing measures imposed on us all as a result of the COVID-19, where isolation and distance became the norm and many people stayed away from loved ones. ‘Distance’ also sums up the experiences of many Syrian and non-Syrian people, forcibly displaced, exiled or refugees around the world as a result of injustice.