For Sama

For Sama (18)

For Sama is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. An epic and intimate journey filmed through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria. Filmmaker Waad al-Kateab tells the story of how she fell in love, married and gave birth to her daughter Sama and the film becomes a love letter to her daughter.

Waad’s camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as she 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. This is a harrowing, extraordinary film but it falls very much into the category of the kind of film that New Dot was set up to show.

Friday, January 24th 2020
Doors open at 7pm
Film starts at 7.30pm

Director: Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts.
Year: 2019
Certificate: 18
Running time: 1 hour 34 minutes
Arabic with English subtitles

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And the critics say…

“For Sama is one of the most profoundly intimate depictions of the Syrian conflict ever put to film. .” Tom Shone, Sunday Times

“It’s undoubtedly harrowing and not for the faint-hearted, but Waad’s love letter to her daughter is a moving, life-affirming experience that demonstrates humanity can abide in the most desperate of conflicts. ” Jeremy Aspinall, Radio Times

“…it’s the simple human interactions that really hit home – the day-to-day comradeship of women stoically preparing food while fire falls from the sky; the resilience of children who still smile and play even as their lives are threatened.” Mark Kermode, The Guardian

“For Sama powerfully mixes the personal and the political to thought-provoking, emotional ends. The result is one of the best documentaries of 2019. ” Ian Freer,  Empire magazine