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For Sama

UK, 2019, 100mins, Cert.18

Film description

Winner of the Prix L’Œil d’Or for Best Documentary at Cannes, and the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the SXSW Film Festival, 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. 


Our screening on Wednesday 18th September will be a Reclaim the Frame special. Nevine Mabro, deputy editor of Channel 4 News and executive producer of For Sama, will join us for a post film discussion.

Accompanying Nevine on stage will be Dr Mustafa Alachkar – a consultant psychiatrist from Aleppo who moved to the UK in 2005. Mustafa also works with Rethink Rebuild Society, an organisation for Syrian people in Manchester.

The discussion will be chaired by Oscar-nominated producer and director of Birds Eye View, Mia Bays.


All scheduled screenings have now passed.