For Sama

by Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts

International Competition

(Syria, UK / 2019 / 95’)

For a parent, there is only one fear greater than death: the loss of their child. Born in the heart of the civil revolution that erupted in Syria in 2012, among the corridors of the University of Aleppo, raised in a devastated city, among the lanes of a hospital still soaked in the blood of innocent victims, little Sama is blameless, except for the fact that she's the daughter of a journalist and a doctor adverse to the regime. But despite the bombs and the destruction, she and her family still withstand the attempts to extinguish the flame of hope. Presented at the Cannes Film Festival, For Sama is a naked, raw, cry for help, without any filters, that calls for justice: because without dignity, there is no existence that can be referred to as life.