FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war.FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war.FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war.
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.
Magnificent and moving
Okay first a moan - somehow at the time of writing some eight people have scored this 3 or less - while we are entitled to out own views and tastes it is pretty staggering that anyone couldn't see the brilliance and humanity of this most human of documentaries. I challenge anyone not to watch this film and be deeply moved - oh and if you aren't my guess is you need to check your empathy and compassion out! This is possibly the most searingly human film I have ever witnessed and I do not say that lightly. It should be obligatory watching for our schools however horrific it is as it teaches more about the world, humanity, suffering, resilience, hope and life than a thousand lessons. It would also help to get a society that sees their own lives and the lives of others in a much more balanced and open way. There are moments in this film that are among the hardest I have ever witnessed, it moved my partner to tears and left me struggling to watch BUT ultimately it is nothing short of magnificent. Right now in my head not just one of the best documentaries ever but one of the best films. Thank you to all involved in this, particularly the wonderful Waad Al-Khateab, but also her friends, family and all of the Syrians who suffered while shamefully the world looked the other way.
- Nov 3, 2019
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