Cannes prize winning-documentary For Sama covers five defining years in the life of filmmaker Waad al-Kateab during the Syrian civil war, resulting in one of the most powerful accounts of the experience of war ever produced.
★★★★ – "The most harrowingly intimate and arguably, the best documentary to date on the Syrian conflict" – RogerEbert.com
For five years during the civil war in Syria, filmmaker Waad al-Kateab picked up a camera and filmed her life as she fell in love, got married and gave birth to Sama. The result of those five years is the award-winning documentary For Sama, a love letter to her daughter and the most intimate and incredible document of the female experience of war.
Waad’s 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.
For Sama is the first feature documentary from Emmy award-winning filmmakers, Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts. The film has won international praise and was awarded prize for Best Documentary at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.