Thursday, March 12, 7:00 pm
Humanities Centre Lecture Room 2 (HM L-2)
University of Alberta campus (map)

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Soufra, Arabic for “dining table,” is a film to celebrate Universal Women’s Week 2020 in Edmonton. It follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a generational Palestinian refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burj 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 women who now share this camp as their home. Together, they take their future into their own hands through an unrelenting belief in each other. In the process, Mariam is breaking barriers, pulling together Syrian, Iraqi, Palestinian and Lebanese women to work side by side while running this thriving business.

Soufra will shine a new and revealing light on people inside an “extreme economy.” But this film is ultimately about hope, grit, passion and bringing people together. Though Mariam is officially “stateless,” she is a beacon of hope and home for thousands upon thousands of women in the most unlikely of places, and for viewers now of the Soufra story.

The film’s Edmonton screening is organized by the Palestine Solidarity Network (PSN), Mobilization for Justice (M4J), and CEPAL, a group of Canadians volunteers teaching refugee youth in Lebanon.

This event is free of charge, and all are welcome. Palestinian foods and the Soufra cookbook also will be available for sale.

For more information, or to confirm attendance, email

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