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For Sama Rated 18

For Sama

Dir. Waad al-Khateab, Edward Watts. UK, 2019. 1h 40m. Arabic/subs. Starring Hamza Al-Khateab, Sama Al-Khateab, Waad Al-Khateab.

During the devastating bombing campaign of Aleppo by the Assad regime, a 26-year old female Syrian filmmaker picks up her camera to create a vital first-person account of living in the middle of war-zone. As she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to a young daughter, the film becomes a love letter from a young mother to her child. Winner of Best Documentary at the Cannes Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, and the Special Jury Prize for International Feature Documentary at the Hot Docs Festival.

‘If the extremes involved preclude easy viewing, it remains profoundly moving and unignorable’ ★★★★★ Mike McCahill, The Guardian

‘One of the most profoundly intimate depictions of the Syrian conflict ever put to film.’ ★★★★★ Clarisse Loughery, The Independent