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Soufra

South of Beirut, Lebanon is a 68 year old refugee camp housing refugees from Palestine, Syria and Iraq. Many have lived in this camp their entire lives-- Mariam AlShaar is one of them.

Multiple award winner Soufra follows the inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar - a refugee who has spent her entire life in the 69-year-old Burl El Barajneh refugee camp south of Beirut, Lebanon.

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.

‘The footage of the food is positively mouthwatering, a salient reminder of its ability to unite people within a culture as well as outside it.’ Chicago Reader

‘A stirring tale of empowerment, the documentary "Soufra" shows how societal change can begin with small steps.’ New York Times

‘To consider the long-standing Bourj al Barajneh is to consider the true humanity of refugees, who have hopes, dreams, lives to live and work to do. "Soufra" efficiently and effectively illustrates those ideas.’ Los Angeles Times

Awards:

Cinetopia Film Festival 2018, Foreign Documentary

El Gouna International Film Festival 2017, Cinema for Humanity Prize, Mentor Arabia Award, Golden Star.

Florida Film Festival 2018, winner of the audience award

Galway Film Fleadh 2018, Best International Feature Documentary

Napa Valley Film Festival 2018, winner of the audience award

San Diego International Film Festival 2018, winner of the audience award

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