SY/UK/US, 2019, 95 min, English, Arabic with English subtitles
Regie: Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
with film subject Afraa Hashem
this human world - International Human Rights Film Festival Vienna 28.11.-10.12.2019
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.
Waad´s camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as she wrestles with an impossible choice - whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the revolutionary struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.
The film is the first feature documentary by Emmy award-winning filmmakers, Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts.
"Genuine...Honest...one of the important films you will ever see ni your life." - Film Threat
"Deeply powerful" - The Hollywood Reporter
"Simple in concep, shattering in execution" - Variety
Prix L’Œil d’Or for Best Documentary at Cannes, Audience Award and Special Mention at Sheffield Doc Fest, Special Jury Prize hotDOCS, Audience Award Filmfest München, Special Jury Prize at SXSW, Audience Award at SXSW, Grand Jury Award at Asian Pacific Film Festival,Best Documentary at Newport Beach, Documentary Feature Audience Award at Lighthouse, Audience Award at Nantucket, World Cinema Documentary Award at Minneapolis St. Paul, Best Cinematography at Riverrun, and many more.