For Sama (18)

Monday 11th May 2020


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For Sama is a documentary film produced and narrated by a Syrian journalist and filmmaker as a love letter to her daughter.

An intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war, 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.

“You leave understanding why for Al-Kateab the past is something she wants to live with every day.” London Evening Standard

“I have rarely seen a documentary film as powerful as For Sama. The viewer is transported into the Syrian city of Aleppo to experience the very nasty civil war at first hand.” The Australian

Screening details

Date: 11 May 2020

Time: Cancelled

Venue: Church Rooms, Church Lane, Lostwithiel

Film details

Year: 2019

Country: UK | Syria

Director: Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts

Cast: Waad Al-Kateab, Hamza Al-Khateab, Sama Al-Khateab

Certificate: 18

Length: 1hr 40m