Berlinale: Programme

Film File

Culinary Cinema


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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 Burl El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon. The film follows Mariam as she sets out to change her fate by launching a 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. Together, they heal the wounds of war through the unifying power of food while taking their future into their own hands through an unrelenting belief in Mariam, and in each other. In the process, Mariam is breaking barriers, pulling together Syrian, Iraqi, Palestinian and Lebanese women to work side by side and form beautiful friendships while running this thriving business. Soufra will shine a new and revealing light on people inside the largest refugee crisis in human history, but ultimately this film is about hope, grit, passion and the common bonds created by bringing people together around food as a bridge to overcome all barriers.

Thomas Morgan

USA 2017

Arabic, English

Documentary form
73’ · Colour


Written and directed by
Thomas Morgan
Mohamed El Manasterly
Director of Photography
Johny Karam
Alex Seaver
Sound Design
Pilgrim Media Group
Bachir Tanos
Executive Producer
Susan Sarandon
Trevor Hall, Kathleen Glynn, Craig Piligian, Thomas Morgan


Thomas Morgan

Born in Ripley, USA in 1967, he is a film director and producer who has won numerous awards for his documentaries which include Storied Streets and Waiting for Mamu. He has also been executive producer on films including India’s Daughter and the Emmy-nominated Silenced. A co-founder of the Los Angeles based Rebelhouse production company, he received an honorary doctorate from Central Michigan University and lectures in documentary filmmaking.


2013 Waiting for Mamu 2014 Storied Streets 2017 Lucky Me · Soufra

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

Produced by

Rebelhouse Group

Pilgrim Media Group