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For Sama (18)

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Waad with a camera pointing down to the street which is covered in dust and rubble

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.

'Whether you think you’ve heard and seen all there is to be revealed about the tragic war in Syria, or if you feel obliged to stay tuned in and never succumb to being a bystander, For Sama is a film you simply can’t miss. It grabs your soul and takes you into the heart of Aleppo.'

Gali Gold, Head of Cinema

Syria 2019 Dir Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts 100 min

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