Arya, a young Iranian filmmaker living in New York, walks into a candy store late at night seeking a milkshake, only to discover that the sweet old Puerto Rican owner - “Ray” - is himself an Iranian refugee, living in disguise. This serendipitous encounter becomes the catalyst for a brilliant documentary from director Arya Ghavamian.

“The Candy Store” is more than a tale of exile, more than a love letter to the vanishing traces of punk-rock New York. It is a poetic testament to resilience in the face of fear and loss. It is a transcendent story of finding home in the most unlikely of places. Join us in bringing to the screen this timeless tale of love, belonging, immigration, poetry - and ice cream.

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