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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.

2018

Berlinale International Film Festival

Official Selection

2017

DocNYC

Official Selection

2018

Seattle International Film Festival

Official Selection

2018

Cannes Positive Cinema

Official Selection

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

SOUFRA @ Cannes Positive Cinema Week

Soufra was honored to be nominated for Best Positive Documentary as part of 2018 Cannes Positive Cinema Week. The week...

Children's Center

The construction of the children's center is NEARLY COMPLETE! We're still raising money for the teachers, school supplies and desks,...

It's Just Movies: Interview with Director Thomas Morgan

  — by BEV QUESTAD — The Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) has chosen eight, from nearly 90 films it featured...

Testimonials

Upcoming Screenings

Or bring the Soufra film to your community
Friday, May 25 2018 01:30PM

Mountainfilm

Sheridan Opera House
Telluride, CO Get Directions
Tuesday, May 29 2018 06:30PM

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
Toronto, ON, Canada Get Directions
Saturday, June 02 2018 11:30AM

Greenwich International Film Festival

Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas at Greenwich Plaza
Greenwich, CT 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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Bring the film to
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.