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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


Seattle International Film Festival

Official Selection


Cannes Positive Cinema

Official Selection


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

Cinetopia 2018 Award Winners Announced!

Blog Thanks to everyone who attended the Cinetopia Film Festival this year! Attendees enjoyed over 50 films in the span...

Spotlight on Soufra Partners: Cuisine Sans Frontières

We recently connected with Cuisine sans frontières (Kitchen without borders), a small NGO from Switzerland that worked with and still...

Cinetopia 2018: Eight films we're most excited about

By Matt Giles - Associate Producer ANN ARBOR - It is hard to believe it's already here, but yes, the Cinetopia Film Festival begins on...


Upcoming Screenings

Or bring the Soufra film to your community
Thursday, August 02 2018 07:30PM

Woods Hole Film Festival

Falmouth Academy
Falmouth, MA Get Directions
Tuesday, August 14 2018 07:30PM

San Juan Community Theatre

Whittier Theatre
Friday Harbor, WA Get Directions
Friday, August 24 2018 05:00PM

Mountainfilm in Aspen

Crystal Theater
Carbondale, CO 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.