Soufra // Reel Palestine

Dedicated to depicting the past and present-day reality, Reel Palestine is an annual film festival that brings Palestinian stories in an artistic form of independent and alternative cinema. For the sixth year, Reel Palestine will present a strong lineup of features, documentaries, short films, and experimental films, all aiming to shed light on real stories of the Palestinian people and highlight the importance of art and culture.

The 2017 documentary film Soufra will be screened January 18 at 7 pm, January 22 at 7 pm, and January 25 at 2 pm, at Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai.

Soufra, directed by Thomas A. Morgan, follows the inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur Mariam Shaar – a refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burl El Barajneh refugee camp south of Beirut, Lebanon. The film follows Mariam and a diverse team of fellow refugee women as they set out to change their fate by launching a catering company, Soufra, and then expand its reach outside the camp with a food truck business. Together, they heal the wounds of war through the unifying power of food while taking their future into their own hands.

The 73-minute film is rated PG and is in Arabic with English subtitles.

Tickets are AED 52.5 including VAT and are available at Cinema Akil’s box office.

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