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Directed by Emmy award winning filmmakers Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, For Sama is their first feature documentary, revealing 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 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 while cataclysmic conflict rises around her.
Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as she 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.
This screening will be introduced by Eastbourne Film Society Chair, Mansel Stimpson