For Sama

Al Jazeera Balkans Doc FF – Best Film

BiograFF – Best Unipol Award, Audience Award

Calgary Int'l FF – Audience Award

Dinard FF – Hitchcock Heartbeat

Durban Int'l FF (2019) – Best Documentary, Human Rights Award

European Film Awards – Best European Documentary

Festival de Cannes – The Golden Eye, The Documentary Prize

FF München – Audience Award

Galway Film Fleadh Awards – Best Human Rights Feature Award

Guaranajuato Int'l FF – Best International Documentary

Heartland Int'l FF – Best Documentary, Social Impact

Hot Docs (2019) – Special Jury

Lighthouse Int'l FF – Documentary Feature Audience Awards

Los Angeles Asian Pacific FF – Grand Jury

Minneapolis St Paul Int'l FF – World Cinema Award

Mountain Film (2019) – Norman Vaughan Indomitable Spirit Award

Nantucket FF (2019) – Audience Awards

Newport Beach FF – Best Documentary, Human Rights Award

Riverrun Int'l FF – Best Cinematography

Sheffield Doc/Fest – Audience Award

SXSW FF (2019) – Special Jury Prize, Audience Award

Traverse City FF – Grand Jury


Availability &
Screening Time:

500 tickets
Sun 23 Aug / 4pm + Q&A @ 5.35pm


Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts


Syria | UK



Running Time:

96 min



This powerful account of the war in Syria and the systematic destruction of Aleppo, is told from the first-person perspective of journalist Waad al-Kateab, providing a rare account of the female experience of war. Taking the form of a love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, following her as she falls in love, gets married, and gives birth to Sama, all against a backdrop of virtually unimaginable conflict and violence. This Oscar-nominated documentary provides a clear view of events as they unfold, with the film’s profound humanity giving it universal resonance.

Our live, online Q&A with the Director took place on Sun 23 Aug @ 5.35pm. You can find the recording of it on our YouTube channel.