Lebanon/USA/Singapore, 73 Minutes, Documentary, Arabic with English subtitles, Not Rated


Michigan Theater - Screening Room Thu, Jun 7, 2018 4:00 PM
Arab American National Museum Sat, Jun 9, 2018 7:15 PM
Event Info
Film Section:Foreign Documentary
Category:Foreign Documentary
Special Guest Appearances
Special Event
Ann Arbor
Michigan Filmmakers
Audience Award:Yes
Film Info
Run Time (in minutes):73 minutes
Production Country:Lebanon USA Singapore
Subtitles:w/English subtitles
Previous Festivals:Berlin
Portland International Film Festival
Festival Awards:Best Documentary - Third Place (Portland 2018)
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Thomas A. Morgan


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. Portland Film Festival

Sponsored by UM Center for Middle Eastern and North Africian Studies and Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum


Additional Information

FESTIVAL PASS PERK: Join us for an Iftar (the breaking of the fast during Ramadan) dinner following the film!

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Special Guest Appearance by Associate Producer Gretchen Thomas on June 9!