For Sama

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As intimate as it is heartbreakingly resonant, For Sama powerfully distills the difficult choices faced by citizens of war-torn regions.



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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.


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  • You leave understanding why for Al-Kateab the past is something she wants to live with every day.

    Sep 15, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Mostly, though, this is a film, skilfully pulled together by Edward Watts, the British co-director, that unfolds as a guttural cry of despair and an incendiary plea for justice. See it. But don't take popcorn.

    Sep 12, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Profoundly moving and unignorable, whether as proof of Assad's barbarism, or the unfailing ability of this world - and its most engaged cinema - to break your heart and sear your soul.

    Sep 12, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Top Critic
  • Must be seen to be believed. Waad Al-Kateab is your new hero.

    Sep 10, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • One of the most intimate and stirring documentaries about war in the 21st century, and a plea to the free nations of the world to act.

    Aug 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "Places are about their people," Hamza insists, and even as For Sama sinks into an uncertain limbo during its final third...this utterly essential documentary never fails to illustrate what he means by that.

    Jul 26, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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