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Soufra
A Thomas Morgan Film
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Soufra follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon. The film follows Mariam as she sets out against all odds to change her fate by launching a successful catering company, “Soufra,” and then expand it into a food truck business with a diverse team of fellow refugee woman who now share this camp as their home.

2017

DocNYC

Official Selection

2017

El Gouna Film Festival

Official Selection

2017

El Gouna Film Festival

Best Arab Documentary

2017

El Gouna Film Festival

Audience Humanitarian Award

The Soufra Cookbook

Not only does this cookbook share some of the most treasured recipes that changed the lives of the Soufra women, but it also will give back to the families at the camp. The women of Soufra, through WPA, are full partners in the publication of this book. They will share equally in proceeds from its sales, which will contribute to the ongoing development of the camp’s Children’s Center and to building a school for the children in the camp.

Latest Updates

"This Woman’s Work" Museum of the Moving Image reviews Soufra

By Mayukh Sen Mariam Shaar, a Palestinian refugee, has lived in Bourj-el-Barajneh, a refugee camp padded with 50,000 inhabitants in...

New York Times Review

A stirring tale of empowerment, the documentary Soufra shows how societal change can begin with small steps. Mariam Shaar leads...

'Top Chef' Host Padma Lakshmi on the Power of Food in 'Soufra'

The Susan Sarandon-produced film about women who launch a catering business from a camp in Lebanon reveals how home cooking...

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Upcoming Screenings

Or bring the Soufra film to your community
Friday, February 09 2018 04:00PM

Santa Fe Film Festival

Jean Cocteau
Santa Fe, NM Get Directions
Saturday, February 24 2018 12:00PM

Soufra @ Athena Film Festival in NYC

Barnard College - Lehman Auditorium
New York City, NY Get Directions

The People

Thomas Morgan

Director & Producer

Susan Sarandon

Executive Producer

مريم الشعار Mariam Shaar

منال حسن Manal Hasan

مهى هجاج Maha Hajjaj

غادة مصرية Ghada Masrieh

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Your Community

Instead of putting the films in theaters and offering the DVD for individual sale, we believe that watching this film should be an event that actively brings a community together and facilitates the conversation about what it means to live a happier and more connected life.

Coming early 2018, we will have a number of screening options so that groups both large and small and large can organize screenings and watch the film together and transform their communities.