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(Documentary, United States, Subtitled) 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 65-year-old Burl 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.
RATING: Intended for Teen Audiences or older
Director: Thomas Morgan
Thomas grew up in a small town in the middle of Michigan. In 1994 the tragic and unsolved death of his sister Jennifer prompted him to start writing. Finding that the ideas came easier in voices, he wrote his “closure” to this tragic event in the form of a screenplay.
Thomas went on to write a thriller titled Death Insurance, which has been optioned several times. He directed and produced the short film What Are Friends For, winner at The Light Factory’s short film contest.
Morgan found his true passion with documentary film. Encouraged by Morgan Spurlock and Susan Sarandon, Morgan produced and co-directed the award winning feature Storied Streets a film profiling America’s homeless and the issues surrounding why people become homeless. He went on to produce and co-direct the award winning documentary short Waiting for Mamu as he told the story of Pushpa Basnet and her mission to take children from the prison floors in Nepal.
In 2014 he joined with Jonathan Bricklin and Susan Sarandon to form Reframed Pictures. The production company’s mission is to create and support films that are not only entertaining, but raise awareness about human rights and social justice issues.