Soufra: Uplifiting, Inspirational Food Docu Set in Refugee Camps? Yes

At first, the notion of an uplifting and inspirational docu set in a refugee camp sounds absurd and paradoxical, but that’s exactly what the exhilarating feature Soufra is.

Soufra follows the 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. The film chronicles Mariam and a diverse team of fellow refugee women, from throughout the Middle East who share the camp as their home as they set out to change their fate by launching a catering company, “Soufra.”

It gets better than that: soon the women expanding its reach, due to an astonishing Kickstarter campaign, outside the camp with a food truck business.

Jointly, they heal the wounds of war through the unifying power of food while taking their future into their own hands, thus demonstrating not only the indefatigable human sirit but also a strong sense of female empowerment and community—as they exist in the direst, most depressing socio-economic conditions.

The feature’s exexcuitve producer, Oscar winning actress Susan Sarandon (“Dead Man Walking”) sums best the film’s unique appeal: “It’s the only ‘feel good’ docu about refugees that I know of–inspiring and delicious,”

The award-winning and critically-acclaimed docu opens in New York at Cinema Village on Friday, December 15, with a wider national release ro follow in early 2018.

SOUFRA is directed by award-winning filmmaker Thomas Morgan (Storied Streets, Waiting for Mamu).

Produced by Primetime Emmy-winning filmmaker Kathleen Glynn (Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, TV Nation), Rebelhouse President Trevor Hall, Primetime Emmy®-winning producer Craig Piligian, president & CEO, Pilgrim Media Group.

Executive produced by Susan Sarandon.

SOUFRA is a co-production of Rebelhouse Group, Pilgrim Media Group, and BIG 9 Productions.