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Film Series : The 18th Annual Chicago Palestine Film Festival


2017, Thomas A. Morgan, USA/Lebanon, 73 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Apr 26th 8:00pm

“A feel-good doc that’s clear-eyed and grounded in tough realities.”--Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

“A stirring tale of empowerment…shows how societal change can begin with small steps.”-- Andy Webster, The New York Times

Traditional home-cooked Middle Eastern cuisine generates hope and family income for immigrant women in this inspirational documentary that focuses on innovative entrepreneurship within the confines of Beirut’s Bourj el-Barajneh Refugee Camp. Palestinian Mariam Shaar, born and raised in the camp where her parents have lived since 1948, quit school to help support her family but found options limited until she hit on the plan to engage with other women in an enterprise involving the art and skill most of them know well--cooking palate-pleasing comfort food and regional specialties like the tangy Palestinian roasted chicken musakhan and the grain dish frikeh. Director Morgan follows the hard-won success of Maryam’s collective, which starts by supplying school lunches and goes on to cater weddings and parties, and has now set its sights on operating the first-ever refugee-camp food truck. Executive-produced by Susan Sarandon, this story of grassroots ingenuity is also a mouth-watering foodie film. In Arabic with English subtitles.

Preceded by COFFEE POT (2018, Thaer Al Azzah, Palestine, 10 min.). Both in DCP digital. (BS)

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