Rebelhouse Group | Village Voice: In “Soufra,” Syrian Refugees Find Hope in Cooking
Mariam Shaar is a problem-solver — she has to be. Shaar spent her entire life in the Bourj el-Barajneh Refugee Camp in the suburbs of Beirut, established in 1948 for Palestinians and now home to thousands of Syrians. In the nourishing documentary Soufra, Thomas Morgan shows the claustrophobic living conditions and dangerous infrastructure of the tightly packed concrete towers, and chronicles how Lebanese government bureaucracy maintains the camp’s invisible borders and keeps occupants in a permanent state of legal limbo.
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Village Voice: In “Soufra,” Syrian Refugees Find Hope in Cooking

In Thomas Morgan’s documentary, a Palestinian woman looks for ways to help her Syrian sisters-in-arms. Photo by Vivien Killilea Best

Mariam Shaar is a problem-solver — she has to be. Shaar spent her entire life in the Bourj el-Barajneh Refugee Camp in the suburbs of Beirut, established in 1948 for Palestinians and now home to thousands of Syrians. In the nourishing documentary Soufra, Thomas Morgan shows the claustrophobic living conditions and dangerous infrastructure of the tightly packed concrete towers, and chronicles how Lebanese government bureaucracy maintains the camp’s invisible borders and keeps occupants in a permanent state of legal limbo.

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