Film Screening 30th March, 2021

Poster for For Sama

For Sama 

7:30 PM, 30th March, 2021

  • MA
  • 96 mins
  • 2019
  • Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts

** In accordance with ANU COVID-19 safety protocols, all attendees must pre-register before attending screenings. No walk-ins can be permitted under any circumstances, so please register to avoid disappointment. Registration forms will only open two weeks prior to the film's screening date, and will close at 12 PM on the day of the screening. **


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.

Winner of the Best Documentary award (L'oeil d'or) at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, and Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature at the 2020 Oscars, the first feature by Emmy award-winning filmmakers, Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war – and an unmissable experience.