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For Sama (2019)

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Critic Consensus: As intimate as it is heartbreakingly resonant, For Sama powerfully distills the difficult choices faced by citizens of war-torn regions.

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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.

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[A] dynamic and poignantly personal account of a city's systematic destruction.

February 5, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

They display a striking buoyancy, which the film captures in moving detail -- there is laughter, there is comradeship, there is life even in the face of horror.

November 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Even when it's drenched in grief, "For Sama" contains the seeds of hope.

November 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This is devastating. So hard to watch, so heartbreaking, and so inspiring.

October 1, 2019 | Full Review…

You leave understanding why for Al-Kateab the past is something she wants to live with every day.

September 15, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

For Sama is one of the most profoundly intimate depictions of the Syrian conflict ever put to film.

September 14, 2019 | Rating: 5/5

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