01 Jun Interview with Alfanar about Mariam Shaar and SOUFRA
Thomas Morgan joins Alfanar’s Innovation Advisor Teresa Chahine to talk about how he learned about 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. 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.
We knew that we could put a bet on Mariam. You get the sense that she will persevere no matter what.