The Audience Award Winner at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 and winner of best documentary at Cannes, For Sama is a remarkable, heart-shattering documentary.
Told as a message from young Syrian journalist Waad al-Kateab to her daughter Sama, For Sama traces Waad's life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth, while catastrophic conflict rises around her.
Through this intimate, visceral journey through the experience of war, Waad's 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.
- Words by
- Joe Harris