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For Sama

This screening took place on
Friday, February 7, 2020 at 5:15pm
Yukon Arts Centre

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. Shortlisted for an Oscar. The film is the first feature documentary by Emmy award-winning filmmakers Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts. In Syrian with English subtitles.

Shortlisted for an Oscar for Best Documentary. Winner, Golden Eye Award, Cannes; Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs; SXSW Grand Jury Award

Recommended ages 18+ - content warning for graphic imagery surrounding war-torn Syria.

  • Directed by Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts
  • 2019, Syria | USA
  • 100 minutes
  • Film Subtitled
  • Parental Guidance Advised

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