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 film is showing as part of our Women's History Month season.
The screening on Sat 14 Sept was followed by a director Q&A hosted by Jackie Long - social affairs editor and presenter at Channel 4 News.
Part of our Best of 2019 Series...
...'it's impossible not to feel their hopes and fears emphatically alongside them. Brilliant, devastating filmmaking - I can still feel it in my stomach'. Jenny (DocHouse Team, Programming)
...'Such an important documentary to put the spotlight back on the things that Syrian civilians have experienced, and how sad it was/is to see their dreams smashed so brutally'. Tom (DocHouse Team, Marketing)
...' Once in a while a documentary like this comes along to remind us of the sheer power of documentary making...The result is a profound film about the endurance and suffering of the Syrian people, made perhaps more emotionally powerful by being from a woman’s point of view. A masterpiece from Waad, her family, and the team who made this film'. Elizabeth (DocHouse Team, Director)