“FOR SAMA” Shows A Mother’s Struggle In Conflict

Getting married, having children — “FOR SAMA” charts the most universal of experiences in the most exceptional of circumstances. This is the first feature documentary by Emmy award-winning filmmakers, Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts — and it’s of vital importance.

“FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war,” the description explains. “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.”

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For so many, starting their adult life and entering motherhood is a daunting, if not terrifying task — but these utterly relatable life experiences are given totally new meaning with “FOR SAMA”. How do you make the right decision for your daughter when the stakes are so dangerously high and there’s no clear answer? It’s powerful, important watching.