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With “For Sama”, Waad al-Kataeb broke the BIFA

The documentary on the lives of Aleppo’s inhabitants through the Syrian conflict won most of the prizes at the British Independent Film Awards ceremony.

For Sama, a documentary shot for 5 years from inside the city of Aleppo, was clearly distinguished at the British Independent Film Awards ceremony in London. With it, co-directors Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts had already won an Emmy Award, but this time they left with their arms full of trophies.


In fact, the film won the titles of best film, best director, best documentary, and best editing. It’s hard to do better for a documentary that has made the best depiction of life on the streets of Aleppo during the years of conflict.


The film recounts Waad al-Kateab’s life during these years, during which the woman meets love, gets married and gives birth to her first daughter: Sama. The girl who will give her name to the documentary. The latter won the Golden Eye Award for Best Documentary at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

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Published on 3 December 2019