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For Sama (2019)

TV-PG | | Documentary, War | 26 July 2019 (USA)
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FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war.
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 59 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »
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Credited cast:
Waad Al-Kateab ... Self
Hamza Al-Khateab Hamza Al-Khateab ... Self
Sama Al-Khateab Sama Al-Khateab ... Self
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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. The film is the first feature documentary by Emmy award-winning filmmakers Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts.

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Taglines:

Resistance. Love.

Genres:

Documentary | War

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Waad Al-Kateab fled to safety in Turkey in 2016. She is now a resident of the UK. (Al-Khateab was actually pregnant with Sama's sister, Taima, when she became a refugee from her native Syria.) See more »

Quotes

Waad Al-Khateab: Sama. You're the most beautiful thing in our life. But what a life I've brought you into. You didn't choose this. Will you ever forgive me?
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References Batman Begins (2005) See more »

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Necessary storytelling
18 March 2019 | by kirchoff-256-302575See all my reviews

This film looks at the war in Syria through an entirely new lens. Its footage and narrative is chilling and thought-provoking. I'm not surprised at all that the film won both "Best Documentary" and the "Audience Award - Best Documentary" at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. It deserves those accolades and more.


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Country:

UK | Syria

Language:

Arabic | English

Release Date:

26 July 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,350, 28 July 2019

Gross USA:

$43,796

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,374,201
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Color

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2.20:1
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