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About Buying a License

Do I really need to purchase a license to show the film?

Yes! Here the rule of thumb: if you are showing the film anywhere outside your home, you are legally obligated to purchase the appropriate package and license for your institution. We review all purchases to confirm correct licensing. Licensing keeps your event legal while also helping us keep our efforts sustainable.

What type of license do I need to purchase?

Here’s a quick breakdown of the licenses and types of organizations that qualify:

Nonprofit/Business:
This license is for nonprofits, businesses, senior living communities, churches, advocacy organizations, and community groups. If you’re showing the film to any kind of public or private gathering that’s not a school, library, or educational institution, you should purchase the Nonprofit/Business license.

College/University:
This license is for all higher education institutions, including public and private colleges, universities, community colleges, graduate schools, advanced degree programs, and medical education institutions. If you are a professor, librarian, or administrator at one of these institutions, you should purchase the College/University license.

Public Library/K-12:
This license is for public libraries and K-12 schools. If you’re a librarian, teacher, administrator, or educator at one of these institutions, you should purchase the Public Library/K-12 license.

How long is the film?

The full-length feature runs 67 minutes. If you choose to bring Director Thomas Morgan to your event, he will speak for up to one hour.

Is the film appropriate for young viewers? What is it rated?

The film is appropriate for all ages, although most of the film is spoken in Arabic and subtitled in English, so it may be challenging for lower school audiences.

Are the contents of the package the same for all of the licenses?

Yes, the Screening and Education Kits contain the same materials—a DVD, discussion guide and access to digital marketing materials. The difference is the license, which is based on the type of organization and usage of the film. Please see the next question for more information.

Why are there different prices for the licenses?

We offer a tiered licensing and pricing system based on the general usage for each type of organization. For example, a university may add the film to their collection and many faculty, students, and classes will check out the film over a period of time. A nonprofit may use the film for their regular programs, community outreach, fundraising, and/or marketing. A public library or school may add the film to their collection and reach a smaller number of people in their local community.
Our prices are based on industry standard rates set by leading documentary distributors such as Roco Educational, DER, Bullfrog, and New Day Films. Our goal is to make the film accessible to all types of organizations and, at the same time, generate enough revenue to keep our work alive and well. As independent filmmakers, we rely on your support to keep producing great documentaries and making them available to the public.
All of the proceeds from our sales of the film go directly into paying our staff, producing new content, and distributing it to you. All the proceeds from the Soufra Cookbook sales go to our incredible partner, Alfanar, who is working to better the lives of displaced women and children in the Middle East.

I’d like to show the film at multiple chapters, branches, or locations of my organization. What should I do?

The Screening Kit includes an unlimited exhibition license at one facility. This means you can show the film as many times as you’d like at one physical location, chapter, or branch. If you’d like to show the film at multiple locations, you must purchase a separate Screening Kit or Extra Facility License for each location. Please contact us about purchasing multiple kits at a discount—we offer discounts for bulk orders and would love to work with you to publicize your events!

Where is my money going?

Licensing Revenue
Rebelhouse Group is a creative agency of adventurous filmmakers and inspired creatives. We are the rebellious-of-spirit who believe in the power of story to ignite growth and change. Rebelhouse produces documentary shorts and features, as well as narrative content to uplift audiences and make the world a better place. Proceeds from the screening licenses go to Rebelhouse.

Cookbook Revenue
Established in 2004, Alfanar is the first venture philanthropy organization working exclusively in the Arab region. Alfanar’s goal is to ensure that the poor and vulnerable, especially women and children, are able to access the education and opportunity they need to lead productive and dignified lives. They work to help social enterprises improve lives through financial stability, supporting grassroots organizations and helping them achieve lasting social change in their communities. All proceeds from the cookbook sales go to Alfanar and their efforts to open a Children’s Center in Burj al Barajneh to help the women of Soufra work without having to worry about their children’s wellbeing.