Soufra is a simple tale about a group of women who pursue their dreams of running a food-truck despite the odds of living in a Lebanese refugee camp, Bourj el-Barjneh. It is a documentary produced by Susan Sarandon, which is directed so brilliantly that it touches the hearts of many without extending its hands so extravagantly.
This documentary closely follows the women involved in the food truck business, the challenges they face, and the obstacles they overcome. But more than that, the film features the dire, and sometimes even dangerous living conditions that the refugees of Lebanon are forced to live under.
However, Soufra does an excellent job of presenting such a dark story in a way that highlights empowerment and hope, which encourages involvement with the community. This film does an excellent job at shedding light on both the adversities faced by these refugees and illuminating what a community can overcome when banded together.
Beyond the mouth-watering and delicious close-up shots of food served for a duration of the film, this is a feel-good masterpiece that warms the heart and stirs the soul. Just like its title – ‘Soufra,’ an Arabic word which pertains to a table full of things to eat – Thomas Morgan does an excellent job of serving up a full table of scenes and stories that do everything to satisfy viewers in so many ways.
Though heart-warming and easy to watch, it opens the viewers’ eyes to the often harsh realities that these refugees face. Much like its primary feature, Soufra is made of subtle sounds and understated dialogue. It paints a beautiful and truthful portrait of the realities of life, specifically, those faced by women within the camp.