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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 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.