For Sama is a letter from young mother Waad al-Kateab to her baby daughter Sama, to whom she gave birth surrounded by the cataclysmic conflict in Aleppo.
Starting from filming her group of friends, some of whom are doctors who are choosing to remain and do what they can to resist and care for the community, Waad captures a shattering first-person experience of war.
There is light in the dark, as she falls in love, and experiences moments of hope in the horror of war.
For Sama is an intimate, visceral documentary that unfolds with incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as 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.
This special screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Nainita Desai (score composer For Sama), Muzna Al-Naib (Syrian activist and artist) and hosted by Oscar winning producer and Birds’ Eye View director Mia Bays.
This screening is part of the Reclaim The Frame project - a mission to bring ever-greater audiences to films by women to widen and enrich cinema’s perspective of the world, run by charity Birds’ Eye View, and backed by the British Film Institute’s Audience Fund. To join the #ReclaimTheFrame mission and receive free cinema tickets, discount codes and other film goodies go to Bit.ly/BEVRTF