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For Sama

For Sama is a movie starring Waad Al-Kateab, Hamza Al-Khateab, and Sama Al-Khateab. FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war.

Other Titles
Alla mia piccola Sama, Für Sama, Brevet från Aleppo, 娘は戦場で生まれた, 親愛的莎瑪, Pour Sama, Para Sama, Kirje Alepposta, Till min dotter
Running Time
1 hours 40 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Documentary, War
Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts
Sama Al-Khateab, Waad Al-Kateab, Hamza Al-Khateab
Audio Languages
Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

FOR SAMA is both 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 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. The film is the first feature documentary by Emmy award-winning filmmakers Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts.

Comments about documentary «For Sama» (15)

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Linda W.

The only thing I want to say is that I felt a connection with this movie. The way that the government can't give people help when they need it, is just amazing. Especially the way they let the kids, while they were running away, talk and describe their situation. It was truly amazing to me that they could do that, but they didn't. I also like the way the director shows that sometimes, there is no way out. There are times that they want to make a movie about what happened in Sama, but then they can't. They have to make a movie about a different one, because there are too many people. I can't say much about this movie, but I really recommend it. You won't be disappointed.

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I'm very happy to see a film that reminds me of the action that took place on August 19, 1965 in Colombo. This film is a good and honest look at the events that took place, and the heroism of the Sri Lankan military during the war. It does not glorify the Sri Lankan government or any war hero. It is not an anti-war film, but it does portray the war and the actions of the Sri Lankan government and the soldiers in the war. It is not meant to be a celebration of war. I don't think that it is a film for young children, but it is good for people that are old enough to remember those events. It is a film about an important part of our history, and an important part of history in the world. It is a film that is not for the squeamish, but for those who can handle the brutality and brutality of the war.

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Kyle F.

My father's brother was killed in action during Operation Desert Storm in 1990. The picture, which he had shot himself, was an amazing piece of documentary and I had no idea how the film had been made. I am always grateful to be able to view a film like this. The film covers the period of time between 1980 and 1991, from the attack on Kuwait to the arrival of the PLO-Afghan army to the building of the road linking Egypt to the Suez Canal. This road is one of the main reasons the war was so bloody. It is also one of the reasons for the conflict in the Middle East. It was the start of a four year war and continues today. The film is shot from a first person perspective and has no special effects. The film shows the destruction of the country, the suffering of the civilians, the casualties, and the brutalisation of the civilians. It also shows the bravery of the men and women who fought to keep the people from being wiped out. The film is a must see for anyone who has a family member in the military. My father's brother had served in Iraq and had been a captain in the Army. The film also shows the heroism of his unit. It also shows the difficulties of the people who live in the country, the difficulty of the refugees, and the difficulties of the diplomats trying to solve the problems. It also shows the bravery of the people who try to live in this country. It is a fantastic documentary and it is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. I highly recommend it. I know that many people will not like this film because of the heavy politics and it is a film for people who are very familiar with the Middle East.

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Doris Obrien

I did not expect the film to be this powerful, but what I did expect was for it to be a film about the impact of war on people and the effects it has on their life. It is a brave film. I feel it's a very important film, especially in the current political climate where we have politicians who say we should never go into another war. It's a very moving film. I just hope that we are not going to see more of these type of films that are so important to a lot of people. We have politicians who tell us to just ignore the atrocities going on in Syria. They tell us to do nothing and hope that this will pass. These politicians are not even aware of the atrocities going on. It's a shame, and a shame that we have politicians like that in the world. They are putting the lives of so many people at risk, and their are people who need to be able to make a choice for themselves. I'm not just saying this because I'm a student, but I'm saying this because I know what is going on in the world right now, and this film is a very powerful film that tells a story that most people will never know. I'm not saying that people need to understand more, but we have to get out of the box we are in, and we need to make choices for ourselves, and not give in to the politicians who tell us we need to do this, or that. We need to be able to make a choice for ourselves, and not be guided by politicians who are saying that we should do this or that.

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Joseph Lucas

As a journalist myself, this is my favorite documentary I have ever seen. It shows, through the eyes of the Kurdish fighters, how their suffering is real and it's time to let them know that there is hope. It's a big question mark, but I really hope that people who want to support the Kurdish people will do that and get involved in fighting for a better future. But if you think this is going to be a waste of time, forget it. This is really an amazing film.

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A must see for anyone who loves the struggle for our rights. As a parent, this movie made me feel what my children feel - that we need to take care of our own. As a filmmaker, this movie made me appreciate what I do - a way to show a different perspective on something I am passionate about. I would recommend this film to anyone who is a parent and someone who wants to make a difference in the world.

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This is not about one man's story. It is about the different wars in different countries. It is about one man's journey to understand the difference between men and women, and to fight for his rights. It is about the violation of human rights and the evil of war. This is not a documentary, this is a personal story. I want to thank all those who are fighting for this cause. It is not an easy thing to see, but it is a necessary one. There is no right or wrong in war. You can see it, you can feel it, and you can learn from it. If you have not heard of the woman who lost her child, you should watch this film, it will make you appreciate the good people who are fighting to protect your rights and the human rights.

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Nathan D.

One of the most powerful movies ever. It shows the reality of a war, but it also shows the humanity that goes with it. I felt the impact of the war even after I had seen the movie. I can relate to the people in the movie and the amount of suffering that was shown. If you haven't seen it yet, see it. I recommend it to anyone, and it's a movie that you should see.

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Daniel Perry

It is a brave thing to attempt a documentary on the Cambodian Civil War and its aftermath. Yet, that's what Foto Guerrera does with the documentary "Sama". It tells the story of Khmer Rouge soldiers who bravely fought against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces during the '68 War in Cambodia. Foto Guerrera's documentary tells a story of courage and sacrifice that many of us can only dream of. The incredible footage and the ever-so-slightly-scary-but-slightly-relatively-respectable music score for this film really do it for me. The film also shows the incredible bravery of many of the Khmer Rouge soldiers. I'm so glad I saw it, and I hope it reaches the people that it should reach. It is a well-done documentary, that I would recommend to all.

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Brenda E.

Sama's Diary is a documentary that chronicles Sama's life as a refugee from the Sudan and his harrowing ordeal in a small Canadian town where he was placed after the war. The majority of the film is focused on Sama and his family who live in a remote village in the north-west of Canada. A few minutes of the film are dedicated to Sama's family and the harrowing experiences of growing up with only one parent. This gives the viewer a better understanding of what it is like to grow up in a small town and what it takes to survive as a refugee. The majority of the documentary is also dedicated to Sama and his younger brother, Sam. They are also given time to tell their stories and share their experiences in a non-judgmental way. The testimonies and memories of Sama and his family are both heart-wrenching and inspirational. The documentary will remind viewers of the hardships faced by refugees in Africa and the role that Canada can play in helping refugees. Sama and Sam are very talented, talented men. This film will show viewers that refugees from countries such as Sudan, North Korea and the Democratic Republic of Congo are heroes who have stood up and done the right thing by standing up for their fellow citizens. They are brave men who have faced some of the worst conditions and difficulties in the world. The main reason I chose to watch this documentary was because of the incredible work of the director, Matt McKay. He has put together an outstanding documentary that will leave audiences both emotionally and emotionally affected. The documentary is both moving and inspirational. I highly recommend this film to any audience. I rate it a 9 out of 10.

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Terry Peterson

I love this documentary. The story of Sama is one that is sadly uncelebrated. Sama's story is very much a part of my childhood, and is one that I want to remember and share with others. This documentary shows Sama's story through the eyes of a young child, and her mother. The mother does a wonderful job with this documentary, and it shows how an amazing woman can go through such a horrific ordeal. A documentary about Sama is something I will definitely be watching again, and again.

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Victoria McCoy

I have never seen an so called movie as well made as this. It's very well made and made to go with its subject matter. I recommend this movie to everyone. It is an easy to understand story of a group of Afghani refugees who fled the country and who were forced to stay in Germany. They were taken in by a German family who brought them to Germany as refugees. They were told they had to stay until they found a job in Germany. One of the Afghani refugees who was forced to stay in Germany because of his family. The movie shows the hardship they had to go through. It's a good movie to help those who need a helping hand.

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Sama is one of the most unique and interesting documentaries I have ever seen. It is a love letter to the USSR and how its ideals influenced the people in the west. The film tells the story of the way the people felt towards the USSR, how the country was pushed into the ground in the 60's, how the people were willing to sacrifice themselves to stop the country being destroyed, how the people that were fighting for the revolution lost hope, and how the people of the west were quick to forget their history and went along with the communist regime. I would highly recommend this film to anyone who wants to know more about the Soviet Union.

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Julia G.

The role of the armed forces in the liberation of Paris is portrayed with remarkable honesty and restraint. It is impossible to see the reality of such a task without being impressed by the courage and intelligence of the French troops. It is also impossible to ignore the work and sacrifice of the French men and the French women who are responsible for their survival. We are reminded of the importance of the French people's contribution in the liberation of Paris from Nazi Germany. To the same extent, the film also addresses the role of the French people, who supported the French troops. The people's contribution was crucial, since it was a matter of life and death for the troops. The French people were the decisive factor that saved Paris from the Germans. The film has a dramatic, patriotic, and universal feel, as the entire story is told with an historical and humanistic perspective. The French people were not just soldiers fighting for France. They were fighting for their freedom, their country, and their people.

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Lori Holland

What a good movie! I can't think of any other film that has the depth and intelligence of this film. I give this film a 10 out of 10, and that is a very high rating, especially given that it is so depressing. I thought that there were some really fantastic cinematography shots that would have been great to show in an even greater movie, but this was an excellent movie in my opinion. I wish that more people would see this movie and feel the way I do about it.