Immersive doc screening offers eat-what-you-see experience

A group of Tri-City Syrian women will cater a screening of 'Soufra,' a documentary about Syrian refugees who attempt to escape the toils of a refugee camp through food.

A montage worthy of the late Anthony Bourdain flourishes across the screen: Syrian pickles, croissants slathered in za'atar, and a cigar-shaped, Syrian-take on baklava.

In what the New York Times has called a “stirring tale of empowerment,” the documentary Soufra hinges on the tale of a group of Syrian women, caught in the Bourj el Barajneh refugee camp in Lebanon.

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“I feel like I’m in prison,” says one woman.

“What can we do to improve our situation?” asks another.

As the unlikely group of refugees-turn-caterers raise money on Kickstarter, they dream of their own food truck. “A Moving Feast,” they’ll call it, but not before the realities of living without papers kicks in.

For a one of a kind screening, join The Tri-Cities Friends of Refugees — a non-profit that helps local refugees transition into their new lives in Canada — as they present the documentary Soufra Saturday, May 4, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Northside FourSquare Church in Coquitlam.

For $19 a piece, guests will be treated to a traditional Syrian meal, prepared in-house by Syrian women of the Tri-Cities.

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