For Sama

Documentary War


For 5 years Waad Al-Kateab films her life in Aleppo, from the initial student uprising until she has to leave, creating a record for her daughter Sama.

"For Sama" is a testament to extraordinary documentary making. For the filmmaker, it's a way to make her nightmares seem worthwhile. For audiences, watching the experience is like learning how to scream. Initially, your mouth falls open, next you begin to gasp for air and find that your body can barely hold the emotions that arise. It's not possible to determine if crying or praying comes first, such is the intimacy created by this account. Life punctuated by explosions.

Anne Murphy

Limited Release 6th February 2020
Umbrella Entertainment 96 mins