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Glendale Tech on Tap and DishDivvy Present: “Soufra” at the Glendale Laemmle

Post Date:05/17/2019 1:15 PM

For Immediate Release
May 16, 2019

Media Contact:
Jennifer Hiramoto, Principal Economic Development Officer

Glendale Tech on Tap and DishDivvy Present: “Soufra” at the Glendale Laemmle

GLENDALE, CA: DishDivvy & Glendale Tech on Tap are pleased to present, for the first time in Glendale, the premier screening of "Soufra.” Soufra 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 as she sets out against all odds to change her fate by launching a successful catering company, “Soufra,” and then expand it into a food truck business with a diverse team of fellow refugee woman who now share this camp as their home.

DishDivvy is a proud sponsor and organizer of this screening. DishDivvy is a food-tech platform connecting Approved HomeCooks with hungry neighbors, with a mission to provide economic opportunities to underrepresented labor groups who are traditionally left out of the commercial food sector. The struggles and challenges of the Palestinian refugee women, as documented in "Soufra", have resonated deeply with the founders of DishDivvy. We are excited to bring this story of entrepreneurship and hope to our local community.

The film will be screened at Glendale's beautiful Laemmle Theater. Guests will enjoy a Soufra-inspired boxed meal to enjoy during the film, prepared by local DishDivvy HomeCooks. An interactive Q&A / audience discussion will follow, led by community leader Fr. Vasken Movsesian.


  •  Please arrive by 6:30 PM to check in and receive your seat assignment and boxed meal.
  • The film will begin promptly at 7:00 PM. No late seating.
  • A 30-minute Q&A / open discussion will follow the film.
  • Free 90 minute parking is available at Exchange Parking Garage on 115 Artsakh Ave,

This event is made possible by sponsors: NextHome Luxe Group,Bruno Group, Friendly Filmworks, Inverselogic, KEEN Fitness, New York Life agent Roya Ebrahimi, Fenwick & West LLP

ACCESSIBILITY: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, assistive listening devices are available upon request. Requests must be submitted 72 hours in advance. Please contact (818) 548-2005 to submit a request.

ABOUT TECH ON TAP: Glendale Tech on Tap is a monthly meet-up created to strengthen the ecosystem of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in Glendale. Past partners include UCLA, NASA, ServiceTitan, Mobileforming, Age of Learning, the Beat Junkie Institute of Sound, CBRE, Rolling Robots, Interactivism and the Pasadena Angels. Raise a glass to tech every fourth Wednesday of the month in Downtown Glendale.


Glendale, known as the “Jewel City,” is one of the largest cities in Los Angeles County. With a population of over 200,000, Glendale is a thriving cosmopolitan city that is rich in history, culturally diverse, and offers limitless opportunities. It is the home to a vibrant business community, with major companies in technology, healthcare, entertainment, manufacturing, retail, and banking.  

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