WAITING FOR MAMU propelled Pushpa Basnet and her incredible work into the global spotlight. Pushpa founded the Early Childhood Development Center, ECDC, in Kathmandu, Nepal. The orphanage provides housing, education, medical services and healthy meals to children forced to live inside Nepal’s prisons with their parents. When Thomas Morgan started filming, Pushpa was one of 45,000 nominees for the 2012 CNN Hero Award. Because of WAITING FOR MAMU screenings around the world, not only did Pushpa go on to become the 2012 CNN Hero, she also won the 2016 CNN Superhero award. The film has helped raise $1.4 million for ECDC over the past 5 years.
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.
Though Mariam is officially considered “stateless” she is a beacon of hope and home for thousands upon thousands of women in the most unlikely of places. Mariam and her team will be just that for thousands more once her story is told through SOUFRA.
Thomas, Trevor and the entire Rebelhouse team are not just filmmakers, they are the force multipliers.