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. Now, Mariam has pulled the women of this camp together to do what has never been done before. They started with a small kitchen from a micro-loan. With nearly insurmountable political odds against them-- they look to start the first refugee food truck. Their journey is one of many ups and downs but it is the community that is built, their sense of hope and how they see themselves that makes this a moving, touching film about their journey. Mariam has been known as 'the crazy lady' and now she will show just how crazy she is. 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.
Critic Reviews‘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
AwardsCinetopia 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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