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On Thursday, April 15th, the CMU IFF emulated our in-person event by hosting a screening followed by a free Live Discussion on Zoom with Sana Mustafa.

“For Sama powerfully mixes the personal and the political to thought-provoking, emotional ends. The result is one of the best documentaries of 2019.” - Ian Feer, Empire


How do people survive and care for one another in the midst of constant violence? For Sama is a gripping documentary about daily life in Aleppo during the war in Syria. The recipient of numerous international awards, it is based on the remarkable videos made by Syrian journalist, Waad Al-Kateab, as she volunteers at one of the few remaining hospitals, meets and marries one of the doctors there, and gives birth to their first daughter, Sama, all in the face of repeated bombings and fighting on the ground. The film is cast as a letter to Sama when she is older, intended to explain why her parents chose to remain so long in their home city as the violence and civilian deaths kept mounting around them.


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  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    100 minutes
  • Country
    United States, United Kingdom, Syrian Arab Republic
  • Director
    Waad Al-Kateab & Edward Watts