FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war.
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Credited cast:
Waad Al-Kateab ... Self
Hamza Al-Khateab Hamza Al-Khateab ... Self
Sama Al-Khateab Sama Al-Khateab ... Self


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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Resistance. Love.


Documentary | War


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The word "Sama," for whom the film is named, means "Sky" in Arabic. See more »


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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Written by Willie Nelson
Performed by Julio Iglesias and Dave Koz (saxophone)
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Outstanding ***** - London Film Festival 2019
13 October 2019 | by willsteenlandanSee all my reviews

You will never see a film like this in your life. Joy, laughter, fear, Suspence, Thriller, Drama, Family, Horror - it is a documentary that tells a story using fictional devices by way of voiceover, narration, a novel approach to a heart-thumping action filled documentary. Waad is an brave filmmaker in her own right and courage is the only virtue a filmmaker needs.

All I a left to say is, You will never see a film like this in your life. This film is destined for the BIG WINS this year.

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Release Date:

26 July 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Aleppo, Syria See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$9,350, 28 July 2019

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