For Sama

BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmFor Sama

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For Sama
Certificate18
Year2019
GenreDocumentary
DirectorWaad al-Kateab & Edward Watts
LanguageArabic
CountryUK
Running Time1HR 40MINS
Extra InfoSubtitled
SeasonMain Programme

Directed by award-winning filmmakers Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, For Sama is 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 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 she 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. 

“Simple in concept and shattering in execution, blending hard-headed reportage with unguarded personal testimony, it's you-are-there cinema of the most literal order.” – GUY LODGE, VARIETY

Warning: For Sama contains disturbing scenes, including images of real dead bodies.