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Documentary

FOR SAMA

Year 2019
Runtime 100 mins
Language Arabic
Subtitles English Subtitles
Alberta Premiere

A young Syrian mother creates a tender video diary for her baby daughter as a war rages, capturing a family’s love in devastating circumstances.

Over the course of five years, Waad al-Kateab documented her daily life in the besieged city of Aleppo, Syria. As the war rages around her, it’s the familiar aspects of her life that resonate as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama. Through it all she struggles with the difficult decision of whether to stay and fight for her freedom in a place she loves, or try to protect herself and her newborn child by fleeing, a risky endeavor itself. The Syrian war is one of recent histories’ most brutal and devastating conflicts, however it is the humanity of this film that demonstrates why the rest of the world cannot ignore the individuals who have lost their lives or been forced to abandon their homeland for a chance at survival.

A riveting, heartfelt, intimate cinematic experience, audiences have embraced FOR SAMA as one of the year’s most important and powerful documentaries.

Awards
Winner Hot Docs , Special Jury Prize, Winner SXSW, Special Jury Prize, Audience Award, Winner Cannes, Prix l’OEil d’or for Best Documentary
Festivals
Hot Docs, Cannes Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival
Director
Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts
Executive Producer
Siobhan Sinnerton, Nevine Mabro, George Waldrum, Ben De Pear, Raney Aronson-Rath
Producer
Waad Al-Kateab
Cinematographer
Waad Al-Kateab
Editor
Chloe Lambourne, Simon McMahon
Music
Nainita Desai
Cast
Hamza Al-Kateab, Sama Al-Kateab, Waad Al-Kateab