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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.


Berlinale International Film Festival

Official Selection



Official Selection


El Gouna Film Festival

Official Selection


El Gouna Film Festival

Best Arab Documentary


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

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"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...


Upcoming Screenings

Or bring the Soufra film to your community
Friday, April 20 2018 02:00PM

Monadnock International Film Festival 2018

Putnam Theatre Get Directions
Friday, April 20 2018 07:50PM

Yale Arab Conference 2018 – Amalna (Our Hope): Paving the Road Ahead

Yale University - Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall Auditorium - Room 114
New Haven, CT Get Directions
Saturday, April 21 2018 12:00PM

Cuisinema 2018 – De Maalbeek Brussels

GC de Maalbeek
1040 Etterbeek, Belgium 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.