About this movie
Do note: on February 20th at 8.30PM we screen this film in collaboration with International Center Tilburg during our special International Cinema event. See www.cinecitta.nl/filmspecial/international-cinema-night for more information.
In 2012, as the protests against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad mounted, university student activist Waad al-Kateab pulled out her camera and began filming in Aleppo. Over the course of the next four years—a period that saw her become increasingly involved in the resistance, fall in love, get married, have a baby girl (the Sama of the title), and eventually escape to the West—she captured uniquely powerful images of the devastation wrought by al-Assad’s troops, images that have been interwoven into a deeply felt diaristic account of what it is like to live in a war zone. Compelling, sometimes harrowing, and always deeply human, al-Kateab and English co-director Edward Watts’ (Escape from ISIS) documentary is essential viewing and a testament to the power of hope even in the most dire of circumstances. Unforgettable.
‘Part hardcore news reportage, part intimate memoir, For Sama is a compelling dispatch from deep inside the Syrian conflict… The film takes the immediacy of the best on-the-ground reporting but melds it with a touching portrait of family life during wartime. The result brings the unimaginable to moving, vivid life… For Sama powerfully mixes the personal and the political to thought-provoking, emotional ends. The result is one of the best documentaries of 2019.’—Ian Freer, Empire