For Sama

Nominee
Golden Eye
Cannes Film Festival
Winner
Audience Award ~ Documentary Feature
South by Southwest
Winner
Grand Jury Award ~ Documentary Feature
South by Southwest
The most harrowingly intimate and arguably, the best documentary to date on the Syrian conflict.

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For Sama

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.

Directed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts

**Winner – Best Documentary – SXSW 2019**

** Winner – Audience Award – SXSW 2019**

**Winner – Special Jury Prize Documentary – Hot Docs 2019**

**Winner - L'Oeil D'Or – Festival de Cannes 2019**

**Winner – Audience Award – Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019**
Not Rated
Genre
Documentary, War, Women and Film, Politics & World Affairs
Runtime
95
Language
Arabic
Director
Waad Al-Khateab
Edward Watts
Awards:
Nominee, Golden Eye, Cannes Film Festival
Winner, Audience Award ~ Documentary Feature, South by Southwest
Winner, Grand Jury Award ~ Documentary Feature, South by Southwest
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FEATURED REVIEW
Tomris Laffly, RogerEbert.com

... A self-taught yet astonishing filmmaker, al-Kateab and her directing partner Watts braid together such everyday tragedies and miracles with all their harsh bareness, and hold on to positivity wherever they see it....

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