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.

Original Title For Sama
German Title Für Sama
French Title Pour Sama
Other Titles A Sama - For Sama
Directed by Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
Country Syria
Available Formats Blu-ray, DCP
Cinematography Waal al-Kateab
Production Waal al-Kateab, Channel 4
Runtime 95 Min.
Language Arabisch/d + f und Deutsch synchronisiert

Winner Grand Jury, Best Documentary and Audience Award, Best Documentary at SXSW

Winner Special Jury Prize, International Documentary at Hot Docs 2019

Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival 2019, Golden Eye for best documentary

"One of the most important films you will ever see in your life." The Times

"Certainly one of the most essential films of the year." The Filmstage

"The single most heart-wrenchingly honest film you have ever seen." Film Threat

"A very powerful, personal documentary... It's a rare female perspective in a war zone." Screen Daily

"Hugely impressive… powerful stuff." Cineuropa

"With For Sama, which screened on Wednesday as part of Cannes’ Special Screenings lineup, directors Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts do find something new to say by taking a very simple, very personal approach." The Wrap

"A harrowing yet tender love story. Gorgeous, moving filmmaking-”
SXSW Grand Jury

“Simple in concept, shattering in execution…a ragged, remarkable act of cinematic witnessing.” Variety

“One of the most remarkable films ever made about the Syrian uprising.”
The Hollywood Reporter

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