OCTOBER 18 – 22, 2023


Exclusive Screening SOUFRA April 24

Join us! @Theatre Box San Diego and Meet the Filmmaker Thomas Morgan


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The Soufra Cookbook will be available for sale and Thomas Morgan will sign copies.
The SOUFRA COOKBOOK is your way to give back. The women of Soufra are full partners in the publication of this book. They will share equally in proceeds from its sales, which will contribute to the ongoing development of the camp’s Children’s Center and school.

6:00 – 7:30 pm Pre-Reception – Complimentary beer and wine  and  Lebanese Appetizers
7:30 pm – Film Screening of SOUFRA
9:00 pm Q&A with Thomas Morgan, Director/Producer and Tonya Mantooth, CEO/Artistic Director San Diego International Film Festival. Post-Reception with desserts by Sugar Factory American Brasserie

Theatre Box San Diego, 701 5th Ave, San Diego, CA

Official Selection Cannes Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival, Soufra the movie 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 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.


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Meet the Director & Producer: Thomas Morgan

SOUFRAFilm Thomas Portrait InAlley“Thomas Morgan is more than a filmmaker. He’s an astute observer of the human condition with a visionary drive to tell the stories of others in order to make the world a better place.” – Steve Stein, Inside Asia

Thomas Morgan is a film Director whose films have been leveraged to create lasting movements with a specific call to action. In his first film, Storied Streets, Morgan captured the painful reality of homelessness in America and gracefully unearths pain and personal triumphs of those living unhoused in our country. Through the film he has elevated awareness of the problem on thousands of college campuses, petitioned in front of Congress, and pushed for laws to make violence against the homeless a hate crime and the abolishment of laws criminalizing homelessness.

With the 2013 documentary short film, Waiting For Mamu, he speaks to the power of one person through the story of Pushpa Basnet, who at age 21 began helping free innocent children from the prison floors in Nepal. The award-winning film has raised over $1.4M which helped to build a permanent home, The Butterfly Home, in Kathmandu and assisted in supporting the ongoing education of these children.

His latest film, Soufra, was a New York Times and LA Times critics pick, won several film-festival awards around the world and screened at the Vatican. The film tells the story of generational refugee Mariam Shaar and her quest for the basic right to own a business—a food truck. Soufra was used to raise nearly $1 million to build a school in the camp and now 150 refugee children have access to education.

Morgan was Executive Producer of Silenced, a film about US government whistleblowers, and India’s Daughter, an Oscar contending film about the rape and murder of a 23-year old medical student in India.  He has been a keynote speaker many times on Capitol Hill and twice before the U.S. Congress. His TED Talk entitled Put On Your Underoos It’s Time To Save The World has been seen viewed by hundreds of thousands and was the commencement speaker at his alma mater given what has been called “One the best commencement speeches of 2015.”

Thomas attended college at Central Michigan University where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration in 1990. Morgan worked as real estate developer and investment banker for most of his career. In 2009, after a “series of unlikely events” Morgan left the corporate world behind to become a documentary filmmaker and activist.