Project Description

For Sama


For Sama takes the viewers into the depths of the war experience with an intimate and epic journey with the point of view of a woman. Also referred to as a love letter from a mother to her daughter, this film depicts the 5 years time that Waad al-Kateab fell in love, got married, gave birth to Sama during the Allepo uprising in Syria and the events that took place in that region. Waad, while struggling with an impossible choice, catches stories about loss and survival. Whether or not abandoning the city in order to protect the life of her daughter, also means abandoning the freedom struggle for her or not.

  • Academy Awards – The Best Documentary Nomination
  • BAFTA – The Best Documentary
  • Antenna Documentary Festival – The Best International Documentary
  • British Independent Film Awards
    • Best Director
    • Best Documentary
    • Best Editing
    • Best Independent British Film
  • Cannes Film Festival – Golden Eye Documentary Award
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Wednesday, 17 June
Guest: Afraa Hashem
Moderator: Alin Taşçıyan
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06/17/2020 04:00 PM
06/17/2020 04:30 PM
Guest: Afraa Hashem – Moderator: Alin Taşçıyan
Year 2019, England, USA
Language Arabic, English
Type Documentary
Runtime 100′
Subtitle Turkish
Color Color
Format Digital
Director Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts
Screenwriter Maria Camila Arias, Jacques Toulemonde Vidal
Cinematography Waad Al-Kateab
Editing Chloe Lambourne,
Simon McMahon
Music Nainita Desai
Producer Waad Al-Kateab
Cast Waad Al-Kateab, Hamza Al-Khateab, Sama Al-Khateab


Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts

  • 2019 For Sama
  • 2019 Frontline ( TV )