Powerful Look at a Young Mother’s Experience
Through Five Years of the Uprising in Aleppo, Syria
NOMINEE – Best Documentary Feature – 92nd Academy Awards
FOUR BAFTA NOMINATIONS – Including Outstanding British Film, Best Documentary
NOMINEE – PGA Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Picture
WINNER – Best Documentary Feature, Courage Under Fire – International Documentary Association (IDA)
WINNER – Freedom of Expression Award – National Board of Review
WINNER – Best British Independent Film, Best Documentary Feature, Best Director – British Independent Film Awards
WINNER – Outstanding Production – Cinema Eye Honors
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.
The film is the first feature documentary by Emmy award-winning filmmakers, Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts.
FOR SAMA has moved audiences around the world with this by this incredible and personal story captured on film by the subject herself. Since its premiere, it continues to gather more awards every time it screens. The growing list of awards including the top documentary prizes at the SXSW, and Cannes Film Festival, in addition to awards at Sheffield Doc/Fest, Telluride MountainFilm, HotDocs, Nantucket Film Festival, River Run, LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, Traverse City Film Festival and many more.
“NYT CRITICS PICK. Gripping.”
-The New York Times
“RIVETING…a nursery rhyme whispered from a nation’s horrors, a plea for never forgetting.”
-Los Angeles Times
“★★★★★ There simply hasn’t been a film like it before.”
“DEEPLY POWERFUL…A rare firsthand account of war from a strictly female perspective.”
-The Hollywood Reporter
FOR SAMA – PRODUCED BY CHANNEL 4 NEWS/ITN PRODUCTIONS FOR CHANNEL 4 AND FRONTLINE PBS.