(Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, 2019)
Among the most awarded documentaries of 2019 (including Best Documentary at the Cannes Film Festival), For Sama is an unforgettable account of war from the first-person perspective of a young mother. Structured as a love letter to her daughter, For Sama follows Waad al-Kateab’s life over five years as she falls in love, gets married, and gives birth—all while the cataclysmic uprising in Aleppo, Syria, unfolds around her. On scales both epic and intimate, her camera captures life during wartime and the repercussions of conflict on women and children. (95 mins., DCP)
"A rare firsthand account of war from a strictly female perspective….deeply powerful."