- Director: Thomas Morgan
- Writers: Thomas A. Morgan, Mohamed el Manasterly
- Type: Documentaries
- Year: 2018
- Language: Arabic
- Length: 73 mins
- Screening: Feb 24 12:00 PM
Soufra follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of social entrepreneur and refugee, Mariam Shaar – a stateless refugee who has spent her entire life in a Lebanese refugee camp. The film follows Mariam as she sets out to launch a successful catering company, Soufra, and then expand it into a food-truck business with a diverse group of women from Syria, Iraq, and Palestine—who also call the camp home.
Thomas grew up in a small town in the middle of Michigan. 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.