For Sama

UK, 100m, DCP

Showtimes & Tickets

Screened July 26–August 8, 2019

Waad al-Kateab lives through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, marries, and gives birth to Sama, all while a cataclysmic conflict rises around her. 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. A powerful love letter from a young mother to her daughter. A Frontline/PBS release

Official Selection: Cannes Film Festival, SXSW, Hot Docs

In Arabic with English subtitles

A film by Waad al-Kateab Edward Watts

Simple in concept and shattering in execution… it’s you-are-there cinema of the most literal order.”


Gripping…uncannily relatable.”

The New York Times [Critic's Pick]