For SamaWaad al-Kateab, Edward Watts - 95'
FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war.
A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her.
Her camera captures 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.
Golden Eye Documentary Prize @ Cannes 2019, Audience Award Best Documentary @ SXSW 2019, Grand Jury Award Best Documentary @ SXSW 2019, Special Jury Prize @ Hot Docs 2019, Best Cinematography @ River Run FF 2019, Grand Jury Award for international documentary feature @ Asian Pacific Film Fest 2019, Doc Audience Award @ Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019, Special Mention Grand Jury Award @ Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019, Best Film Unipol Award @ Biografilm Festival 2019, Audience Award @ Biografilm Festival 2019, Documentary Feature Audience Award @ Nantucket Film Festival 2019, Bayern 2- und SZ-Audience Award @ Filmfest Munich 2019, Best International Documentary Feature Film @ Guanajuato International Film Festival 2019, Honourable Mention Grand Jury Prize @ Gimli Film Festival 2019, Best Documentary @ Durban International Film Festival 2019