For Sama

2019, 96mins

FOR SAMA  is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her. 

Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice– whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.

For Sama will be the single most heart-wrenchingly honest film you have ever seen. No amount of acting, elite accolades or story manipulation will ever compare to the genuine truth captured by a woman with a camera in Syria. It is truly an honour and a privilege to see this film.  Film Threat 

Directed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts


Heartland International Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature (Winner)

Heartland International Film Festival, Social Impact Award (Winner)

SXSW 2019 Film Festival, Special Jury Prize

SXSW 2019 Film Festival, Audience Award

Official Selection Festival De Cannes, Best Documentary

HotDOCS, Special Jury Prize

Sheffield Doc Fest 2019, Audience Award

Sheffield Doc Fest 2019, Special Mention

Galway Film Fleadh, Best Human Rights Feature Award

Dinard Film Festival, Hitchcock Heartbeat

AJB DOC Film Festival, Best Film (Winner)

European Film Awards, Best European Documentary 2019 (Winner)

Traverse City Film Festival, Grand Prize for Best Film


Official film website

New York Times Film Review

BFI Film Review

Film Threat Review

Film Inquiry Interview with Filmmakers

Vox Interview with Filmmakers


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