There’s no question that cinema has the power to make us change how we see the world. Even give us insight into things major things or events that we only know a little about. Since 2011 the Syrian Civil War has been a major on-going news story and one whose devastation is effecting millions of lives still today. Even though a lot of people have seen or read about these events over the pass few years, most people haven’t fully grasp the gravity has done to the people of Syria. Now comes a long FOR SAMA, a powerful documentary from co-directed by journalist/filmmaker/activist Waad Al-Kateab that gives an unflinching point-of-view perspective of her and her family’s daily lives being caught in the middle of a battle that was raging in their home city of Aleppo during that time. The following review of the film is in an audio format. Enjoy!
Director: Waad Al-Kateab & Edward Watts
Featuring: Waad Al-Kateab, Hamza Al-Kateab, Sama Al-Kateab.
Synopsis: The film shows Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years in Aleppo, Syria before and during The Battle of Aleppo. An 18-year-old marketing student at the University of Aleppo when the uprising began in 2011, we watch as she falls in love, gives birth to her first daughter Sama and navigates motherhood all while the conflict begins to engulf the city. She and her husband, a doctor at one of the few remaining hospitals in the city, face an agonising decision to flee to safety or stay behind to help the innocent victims of war.
FOR SAMA is now screening in limited release around Australia via Umbrella Entertainment
Audio review by Bede Jermyn