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Directed by:
Waad Al-Khateab, Edward Watts
Waad Al-Khateab, Hamza Al-Khateab, Sama Al-Khateab
95 minutes

53 wins & 39 nominations including:

- 2020 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature

- 2020 BAFTA winner for Best Documentary

- Audience Award & Grand Jury Award Winner, SXSW Film Festival 2019

- Prix d'Oeil (Best Documentary), Cannes Film Festival 2019

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

"For Sama powerfully mixes the personal and the political to thought-provoking, emotional ends. The result is one of the best documentaries of 2019." - Empire


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.

FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war.

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