directed by Thomas A. Morgan
In celebration of World Refugee Day, Independent Writer, Kimberly Meyer
is coupling a film screening of Soufra with the launching of her project "When We Were Strangers" – following the lives of nine single mother refugees in Houston, which has been funded in part by a grant fromHouston Arts Alliance
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 Burj 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.
Opening reception will be catered by Syrian refugee, Zahra Al Mohamed, one of the nine refugees featured in the project. Zahra will be sourcing food from the Farmers of Plant It Forward,
which supports hard working refugee farmers, the local economy, and the creation of green space in Houston. Traditional music will be performed by Kurdish/Syrian refugee Mohamed Horo
. Included in the reception will be a short presentation of "When We Were Strangers" by Kimberly Meyer. The reception and presentation will be a screening of the film Soufra