Cert: 18 Year: 2019 Length: 100 mins Language: Arabic/English
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.
Keswick Peace and Human Rights Group Screening
Thanks to Cinema for All
NB the 18 certificate relates to disturbing images of death arising from the conflict
For Sama is one of the most profoundly intimate depictions of the Syrian conflict ever put to film.
Clarisse Loughrey, Independent
For Sama powerfully mixes the personal and the political to thought-provoking, emotional ends. The result is one of the best documentaries of 2019. Ian Freer, Empire Magazine
Must be seen to be believed. Waad Al-Kateab is your new hero. David Jenkins, Little White Lies
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