For Sama

"My daughter was raised during the seige of Aleppo. I had to make a film for her." ★★★★★ The Times ★★★★★ Little White Lies ★★★★★ Empire

Showing Times

Fri 27 Sep 18:30
Sun 29 Sep 15:45
Mon 30 Sep 18:30

“We knew we could be killed at any moment but lived as if each minute was our last. That’s why there is so much joy in the film,” says Syrian journalist Waad al-Kateab, whose new born daughter Sama inspired her to document their early days together. Waad's husband, Hamza, is a doctor, and his initiative to establish a desperately needed hospital in Aleppo puts the family at the centre of the effects of the seige. It is, at times, a very harrowing watch, but the fact that the story is structured around the cherished, innocent infant Sama brings a light and love to it.

As the scope of the project grew, with Waad working with English director Edward Watts to give cinematic shape to her experiences, she began to fear that the testimony would be met with scepticism and indifference. No fear; the reaction has been unanimous and overwhelming wherever it has been shown, with a 6 minute standing ovation when it was shown at the Cannes Festival this year. 

Want to know more?  Read this fascinating interview with Waad (now living in the UK and reporting for Channel 4) in the Guardian here.


Film Information

100 mins

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