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For Sama (2019)

TV-PG | | Documentary, War | 26 July 2019 (USA)
FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war.
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Cast

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

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 | War

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Country:

UK | Syria

Language:

Arabic | English

Release Date:

26 July 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

For Sama See more »

Filming Locations:

Aleppo, Syria See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,350, 28 July 2019

Gross USA:

$43,796

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$673,222
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20:1
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Trivia

Waad Al-Kateab was motivated to make the film because Syrian broadcasting was making no mention of the atrocities that were going on in Aleppo. See more »

Quotes

Waad Al-Khateab: Sama. You're the most beautiful thing in our life. But what a life I've brought you into. You didn't choose this. Will you ever forgive me?
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The film will touch your heart
4 October 2019 | by amrshayahSee all my reviews

One of the best films I have ever seen. It has the story , plot , background music and I am sure that you will cry. Personally I cried almost 15 times because I am from Aleppo and I know the characters personally. If you want to get an idea about Syria/ Aleppo, the film is highly recommended.


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