For Sama

United Kingdom/Syria, 2019, 95 min, Colour

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.



Waad al-Kateab,Edward Watts


Waad al-Kateab


Waad al-Kateab


Simon McMahon,Chloe Lambourne


Jez Spencer


In January 2016 Waad al-Kateab started documenting the horrors of Aleppo for Channel 4 News in a series of devastating films simply titled Inside Aleppo. The reports she made for Channel 4 News on the conflict in Syria, and the most complex humanitarian crisis in the world, became the most watched pieces on the UK news programme – and received almost half a billion views online and won 24 awards – including the 2016 International Emmy for breaking news coverage. Edward Watts is an Emmy award-winning, BAFTA nominated filmmaker who has directed over twenty narrative and documentary films that tell true stories of courage, heroism and humour from across the world, covering everything from war crimes in the Congo to the colourful lives of residents in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.


Canada, 2019, Hot Docs, Special Jury Prize

Hot Docs, Canada 2019 - Special Jury Prize

France, 2019, Cannes, Prix L’Œil d’Or for Best Documentary

Cannes, France 2019 - Prix L’Œil d’Or for Best Documentary

United States, 2019, SXSW, Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary

SXSW, United States 2019 - Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary

United Kingdom, 2019, Sheffield Doc/Fest, AUDIENCE AWARD

Sheffield Doc/Fest, United Kingdom 2019 - AUDIENCE AWARD

United States, 2019, RiverRun IFF , Winner Jury Prize

RiverRun IFF , United States 2019 - Winner Jury Prize


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