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Soufra

  • Directed by Thomas A. Morgan
  • Lebanon/United States/Singapore, 2017, 73 mins. , Arabic

After spending her entire life in the Burj el-Barajneh refugee camp near Beirut, Mariam Shaar decided to change her life. Gathering together other refugee women from Syria, Iraq, Palestine, and Lebanon, and with a little help from Kickstarter, she expands her modest food business into catering. Despite her status as a Palestinian—barred from better jobs in Beirut—Shaar overcomes the obstacles to make Soufra (which means a table of delicious plenty) a success and to help other women heal the deep wounds of war through inspirational food. “A stirring tale of empowerment, Soufra shows how societal change can begin with small steps.”—The New York Times. In Arabic with English subtitles.

Filmography: Storied Streets (2014)

Reviews: Reverse Shot, Village Voice, New York Times, Hollywood Reporter

Genres: Documentary