For Sama

November 19, 2019 // 1:24:18
For Sama
November 19, 2019 // 1:24:18

Hamza al-Kateab/Mahmoud Rashwani

Season 2019: Episode 17

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 award-winning documentary unfolds as a love letter from al-Kateab to her daughter — Sama.

Since debuting on the international film festival circuit, For Sama has won over 30 awards — including winning 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.

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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