For Sama

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FOR SAMA is both 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 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.

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  • "Places are about their people," Hamza insists, and even as For Sama sinks into an uncertain limbo during its final third...this utterly essential documentary never fails to illustrate what he means by that.

    Jul 26, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Watching the film, I felt it would be an act of cowardice to look away from what Waad was showing us. I trusted that this wasn't just propaganda - that I was being asked by a mother to bear witness.

    Jul 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • What a talent Waad is. "For Sama" is a film made with the instincts of a journalist, the passion of a revolutionary and the beating heart of a mother.

    Jul 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The most harrowingly intimate and arguably, the best documentary to date on the Syrian conflict.

    Jul 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • "For Sama" provides a coherent account of a humanitarian crisis from the perspective of the wounded and displaced.

    Jul 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • For Sama captures the details of daily life under the Syria conflict better than any documentary I've yet seen.

    May 17, 2019 | Full Review…

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