For Sama 2019 Ages 18+

2.00PM Thu 10 Oct 2019 (1hr 35mins)
GOMA | Cinema B | Ticketed

SYNOPSIS

In the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo, a young journalist makes the gut-wrenching decision to raise her family amid the chaos. A Cannes 2019 Golden Eye Documentary Award winner.


Waad al-Kateab lives in Aleppo on the cusp of a revolution against the dictatorial Assad regime. When the city comes under siege, she makes the impossible choice to stay to document the struggle and help her doctor husband establish a hospital. Soon she becomes pregnant and the couple must struggle to maintain a family in the face of overwhelming adversity as their hospital endures daily bombings. The riveting footage she captures reveals a community whose humanity and humour shine through despite the bleakest of circumstances. Narrated by al-Kateab as a letter to her newborn daughter, this powerful and ultimately optimistic story shows the resilience of the human spirit against insurmountable odds.

CREDITS

95 MINUTES, SYRIA, USA, UK, ARABIC WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / DIRECTORS: WAAD AL-KHATEAB, EDWARD WATTS / SCRIPTWRITERS: WAAD AL-KHATEAB, EDWARD WATTS / PRODUCER: WAAD AL-KHATEAB / RIGHTS: AUTLOOK FILMSALES / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP