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For Sama (2019)

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

Credited cast:
Hamza Al-Khateab Hamza Al-Khateab ... Himself
Sama Al-Khateab Sama Al-Khateab ... Herself
Waad Al-Khateab Waad Al-Khateab ... Herself
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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.

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Documentary

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Country:

UK | Syria

Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

26 July 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pour Sama See more »

Filming Locations:

Aleppo, Syria

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,350, 28 July 2019

Gross USA:

$31,476

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$292,813
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The filming covers five years, between the start of protests against the government of Syria in 2012, and 2017. See more »

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Necessary storytelling
18 March 2019 | by kirchoff-256-302575See all my reviews

This film looks at the war in Syria through an entirely new lens. Its footage and narrative is chilling and thought-provoking. I'm not surprised at all that the film won both "Best Documentary" and the "Audience Award - Best Documentary" at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. It deserves those accolades and more.


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