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For Sama

November 19, 2019 / 1h 35m

Season 2019: Episode 17

Photo: Hamza al-Kateab/Mahmoud Rashwani


In a time of conflict and darkness in her home in Aleppo, Syria, one young woman kept her camera rolling — while falling in love, getting married, having a baby and saying goodbye as her city crumbled.

Directed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, the documentary For Sama unfolds as a love letter from al-Kateab to her daughter — Sama.

After debuting on the international film festival circuit, For Sama won over 50 awards — including the Prix L’Œil d’Or for Best Documentary at the Cannes Film Festival, the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, and the Special Jury Prize – International Feature Documentary at Hot Docs. It also received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Feature Documentary category.

For Sama is produced by Channel 4 News/ITN Productions for Channel 4 and WGBH/FRONTLINE. The directors are Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts. For Sama is filmed and produced by Waad al-Kateab. The senior producer is Dan Edge (FRONTLINE). The executive producers are Raney Aronson-Rath (FRONTLINE), Ben de Pear, Nevine Mabro & Siobhan Sinnerton (Channel 4), and George Waldrum (ITN).

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