For Sama

The acclaimed documentary FOR SAMA is both a harrowing witness to the Syrian tragedy as it unfolded in Aleppo and a touching love letter from a mother to her young child. Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars.

Please note that this film is in Arabic and English, with Dutch subtitles.
Time & Tickets

FOR SAMA is the first documentary by 26-year-old citizen journalist Waad al-Kateab. She dedicates the film to her newborn daughter: ‘I need you to understand why your father and I made the choices we did, what we were fighting for.’ With a simple digital camera, she documents the Syrian uprising against Assad in the rebel stronghold of Aleppo, from the beginning to the forced evacuation at the end of 2016.

A lot happens in those five years: the hopeful revolution is crushed; the city is besieged and constantly bombed. With a handheld camera, Al-Kateab films war in all its sickening detail, sometimes barely escaping death herself. She sees the consequences up close: her husband works as a doctor in one of the few remaining hospitals in the city. In the horrific reality of war, we experience with her the uncertainty of her child’s future.
FOR SAMA was awarded the Prix L’Œil d’Or for Best Documentary at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. It also won the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the SXSW Film Festival, and the VPRO IDFA Audience Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

Nominated for an Oscar for best documentary.

Waad Al-Khateab, UK, Syria, 2019, 100 min. Arabic spoken, Dutch subtitles.