Salam Kahil, also known as ‘The Sandwich Nazi.’ (File photo)

UPDATE: Surrey’s ‘Sandwich Nazi’ not happy with movie made about him

Kahil says the movie is “ten per cent of what the real story is”

Many of you may know about Surrey’s famous ‘Sandwich Nazi.’

Now, the rest of the world can learn about him too.

Two and a half years after the movie first aired at a number of film festivals, it’s been announced that ‘The Sandwich Nazi’ can be purchased or viewed on a number of prominent platforms around the globe.

The movie can be rented or bought on Vimeo-on-demand in every country around the world except for Denmark. In Canada and the United States, it’s also available for purchase on Google Play, Microsoft and iTunes.

On March 12, 2015, the movie first premiered in the United States. Following its release, the film made its way into many film festivals including SXSW, Vancouver International Film Festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal, and the Montclair Film Festival.

However, there was controversy following the release of the movie, with director Lewis Bennett and ‘Sandwich Nazi’ Salam Kahil seemingly not on the same page.

“To them, money was more important than their honesty,” said Kahil on the phone to the Now-Leader.

Kahil mentioned that he and Bennett had a verbal agreement that the film would not be used to make money and that it was strictly for inspirational purposes.

“Just because you didn’t sign a waiver doesn’t mean you don’t have a moral obligation to do what you said you would,” said Kahil.

Although Kahil said he’s no longer bitter about what transpired, he did say the movie was missing a lot of important information.

“The movie is ten per cent of what the real story is,” he said. “I wish I had a better team who made the movie.”

Kahil says despite the accolades that Bennett and his team received from the movie, it could have been much better if they dug deeper.

“They were the most boring team I’ve ever seen in my life, he said. “Boring, boring, boring.”

“I kept shocking them, but they never asked me deep questions. It was just me volunteering information.”

Since their rift in 2015, Kahil says he hasn’t spoken to anyone with the team since then. He’s been busy with his own store, and this past Sunday was a particularly busy day for his business.

At La Charcuterie, Kahil and his staff hosted a ‘Danish Day.’ According to Kahil, it was the busiest day at his store in 33 years.

“No break at all, I worked like a slave,” he said with a laugh.



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