dir. Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts, 100 min., United Kingdom, USA, Syria, 2019
“For Sama” is an epic journey of a mother during the Syrian war. Filmed as a letter to her daughter, Waad Al-Kateab is catching on camera some of the most important moments of her life in the course of five years: falling in love, getting married, giving birth to her daughter. All of this at the background of a raging armed conflict. The film is an unseen testimony of loss and impossible decisions, a painful reminder, that this journey is one of many in a conflict which is still going on today. “For Sama” is an intimate portrait, a revealing personal documentary and is one of the must-see documentaries in the last couple of years, a testimony on what it is to abandon the place for which you have sacrificed everything.
Academy Award Nominee in 2019 for Best Documentary Feature, BAFTA winner, Winer of L'oeil d'or Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
About the directors:
In 2009, 18-year-old Al-Kateab moved to Aleppo to study economics. In 2011, after the outbreak of the Syrian civil war, she started working as a journalist for Channel 4 News and decided to stay and document her life. Al-Kateab made the “Inside Aleppo” series (for which she won an Emmy and the Foreign Affairs Prize at the British Journalism Awards). During her work, she selected 300 hours of footage and she needed two years to edit it into a 95-minute film, together with fellow director Edward Watts. Eventually, the film became part of the Cannes Official Selection and was nominated for an Oscar.
Watch online from 10 December, 2020