For Sama


About The Film

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Winner: Best Documentary at the Cannes Film Festival 2019

A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, For Sama 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.
Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts
Arab Cinema Days
Unclassified 15+
100 mins

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Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts

Waad Al-Kateab is a documentary filmmaker who became a citizen journalist in 2011 after protests broke out across Syria against the Assad regime. In 2016, she began? documenting the Syrian conflict in a series of films titled “Inside Aleppo.” These news reports received almost half-a-billion views online and won 24 awards, including the 2016 International Emmy for breaking news coverage. She and her family were eventually evacuated from Aleppo in 2016. For Sama is her first feature film.

Edward Watts

Edward Watts is an Emmy award-winning, BAFTA-nominated filmmaker who has directed over 20 narrative and documentary films that illuminate the resilience of the human spirit despite harrowing circumstances.

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