The Lebanese Burger Mafia is now streamable on Paramount+. Albertan Omar Mouallem, the creator of the documentary stated he never expected the documentary to go this far.
"It's quite a surprise, this being my first feature film, I didn't expect to have this much success at this level out of the gates."
The documentary shares how 26 Burger Barons restaurants in Alberta came to be and the history behind them.
"It's a surprise that this little story about the Burger Barons in Alberta would find a national audience and increasingly an international audience as well."
Mouallem says the reason there were so many of them established in Alberta is the result of the number of refugees that came here from the Lebanese civil war. They learned the trade, then struck out to establish a Burger Baron on their own.
One of the many Burger Barons is located in Carstairs (another close-by location is in Sundre). Mouallem had the chance to talk with the owners about their business.
"What I love about it, is that it's run now by the second generation, these three siblings."
According to Mouallem, the restaurant is very old school, like a classic 1950s fast food joint.
The documentary has appeared in many film festivals around Canada for almost a year now. It even appeared in a few international festivals.
"Right now, it will be having its US festival premiere in Pennsylvania, at the Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival, and hopefully there will be some more to come."
Recently the documentary played at the Silk Road International Film Festival in Ireland, where it won Best Documentary.
Mouallem's next documentary is Making Kayfabe. It's a comedic documentary, this time about pro wrestling. It will follow his attempt to learn what it's like to be an indie wrestler by becoming one, training, and fighting in a match.