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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, Para Sama, Pour Sama, Kirje Alepposta, 娘は戦場で生まれた, Till min dotter, 親愛的莎瑪, Für Sama
Running Time
1 hours 40 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary, War
Director
Edward Watts, Waad Al-Kateab
Actors
Hamza Al-Khateab, Sama Al-Khateab, Waad Al-Kateab
Country
Syria, UK
Year
2019
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
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» (23)

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Walter D.

The makers of Sama and Taa Kabba High will try to make it very clear to their audience that what they are showing us is the most authentic documentary you are ever likely to see about war-torn South Sudan, yet the movie is not so personal. As a political and humanitarian film, Sama is by far the most compelling. It is also the most important political and humanitarian film in the last year. The viewer is given access to an incredibly diverse group of people, and some of the most incredible and intimate stories ever told about a country in its infancy. The way that this was achieved was both impressive and difficult, and Sama is a great example of how the power of cinema can take on an entire continent. However, Sama is also so realistic that the viewers can only become so empathetic to the plight of the people who live in South Sudan. The fact that this is a first-person narrative does not take away from the power of the movie. When I first saw this movie, I was shocked at the cruelty shown by the people of South Sudan. Sama reminds me of some of the same scenes that are being shown in Samer Gafar's recent film "The Killing Fields", as well as in "The Hunting Party". This is not a film to be taken lightly. If you want to see a great film about the brutality of war and human suffering, I highly recommend "The Killing Fields" and "The Hunting Party".

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Christian Keller

Pahin Spiga's family was forced into hiding from the Indonesian military in the aftermath of a failed coup in Indonesia in 1965. The film does not try to explain why the government fell or why their lives were ruined, only the past and the present. This is a gripping documentary with great art direction. It is important to note that the women in the film, including the children, are all mothers. They are all hardworking, hard-working, hard-working people who work for the government, and all the women are here because their husbands were killed. The films title is "MIND OF MY MAJESTY" and the film is important to show the realities of the Indonesians. They didn't seem to mind that they were filmed and turned away. Many people think the country is a paradise, but they seem to have more problems than they can handle. I hope this film helps show the other side of the story.

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Debra

A story in a desperate time. A film that was not only important, but was a story that is an important part of history. In order to keep the film, they had to change the number of stars. I understand the argument, but to me this is a story that needs to be told again and again. It is like a journey that must be made, that is why it is so special. I also understood the reason, but I don't understand why they had to change the number of stars. It just didn't make sense. I think it is a good film that is important to say, but not in the right way.

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Tyler Ryan

Sama was one of the most deadly war crimes committed in my lifetime. It is not the brutality of the Indochinese conflict but the appalling indifference of the West to the suffering. Britain, France and America will not have the moral courage to do anything about it. But the Red Cross and UNHCR have been involved in both the Japanese and Cambodian camps and the directors in their effort to bring this tragedy to light. This film has gained a lot of attention in the international media. I wonder if it is true that the people who made the film were actually still in Cambodia. They were there and it is clear that they were still in terrible pain and at times were as much as shocked as the rest of us. They must have been very proud of their work. The scene with the children on the school bus was especially poignant. I hope it was not too similar to the children's experience of the Great Rwanda genocide.

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Ralph Anderson

What a concept for a documentary about the Iraq War. A documentary about how the Iraq War actually happened, as a film, not a documentary about what happened. It's an interesting documentary, but it has an anti-war stance. This documentary is something you have to watch. It is a very well made film, and it is certainly worth seeing. It is highly, highly informative, and has an anti-war viewpoint. It is a must-see documentary. Overall Rating: 8/10

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Willie R.

As a refugee from the Darfur region, I am very sensitive to this issue. This movie is based on the experience of some who left their homes after the genocide and were forced to move to refugee camps in South Sudan. At times, it seems that this movie is just an attempt by the UN and the international community to say that their lives have been ruined and that they must all return to the camps. I think this movie should be seen by all who have not been exposed to the subject of this conflict. It is a realistic, unbiased and realistic portrayal of what people have to go through, especially in refugee camps, while they try to adapt to a new country. My personal view is that most of the movie was done in English but it is important that everyone should know what the situation is like in the Darfur region. The movie is shown in a humorous manner, which is a good thing because it helps the viewer understand the situation and to know that they are not alone.

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Jonathan Murray

No matter how well you may have heard the story of the Rwandan Genocide, you will not be able to forget it. The failure of the U.N. Security Council to do anything, to save lives, is a sad reminder of the inability of international political leaders to help solve the problem. It is a reminder of the power of personal emotions that somehow cloud the judgement of the majority of mankind. In the documentary, "The Long Journey Home" ("Treaty IV"), we learn about a small group of people who survived the Rwandan Genocide and who have made a living for themselves by growing tobacco. This documentary is the result of two years of work by several people, including Mark Kohler (who played Inyatwa in "Doctor Zhivago"), all of whom knew the people involved in the Rwandan Genocide. This documentary is not a documentary but a journey to find the Rwandan Genocide victims and the survivors. I watched the movie on my laptop, without a real TV in sight. I liked it very much. It is a wonderful film and one of the best I have seen. I would recommend it to anyone who likes documentaries.

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Bruce

This movie is about the situation of women in wartime that is only partially touched upon, but it's important to remember what happened to the women of WWI and WWII. This movie is important because it addresses the real concerns of women in wartime, especially in the field of the armed forces. In the movie, there are several scenes that illustrate the struggle women faced in the field. However, what is important to remember is that women in the military during WWII were treated as second class citizens. They were even demoted or discharged. That is something that must be acknowledged. Many of the women in the movie have no idea of the great dangers women faced. I would also recommend that you read the memoirs of the women who served during WWII, which are not available in the United States. There are many such memoirs that I would recommend. I also would recommend that you watch the movie. I believe that you will find it important to view this movie and that you will also be learning something.

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Jason

This documentary from the award-winning documentary director David Fincher, is based on a book by Maureen Lipstadt, and it follows two Vietnamese refugees as they decide what to do with their lives in Canada. Two young men, one of whom had served in the Canadian military, decide to join the Canadian Forces after they learn that Canada will allow them to be able to stay in Canada, as long as they get involved with Canadian Forces members. They also become involved in the national militia, the Parachute Regiment. One of the men, Michael, (Cary Elwes) is a very smart man, but is bored with his life in America. One day, he decides to return to Vietnam to get away from his boring life, but he soon realizes that the Canadian military is not the same place he had left. He becomes friends with a young soldier, Maj. Michael (Dennis Quaid), and they are determined to find a way to return to their homeland. On the way, they learn about the dangers and trials of life in Canada. The final act is a talk between Michael and Maj. Michael on what he thinks of the Canadian military, and he explains to Maj. Michael why he is not happy with it. Maj. Michael ends up deciding to join the Parachute Regiment. Although this film is primarily about the Canadian military, it is also about the dangers of living in the United States and returning to a country where you know nothing about. It is also about the lives of the young men who go to Canada with no idea of what their lives will be like there. This film is very powerful because it tells the story of two young men, both of whom had served in the Canadian military, and they told their stories of their experiences in Canada. Fincher does a great job of showing how being in the military can cause stress, depression, and even suicide. It also shows how the American military is more rigid and authoritarian, and more about killing than being in the military. This film also shows how the Canadian military is very regimented and has a hard time making people "fit in". These are good points, but Fincher shows that the Canadians also have these problems as well. One of the most disturbing parts of the film is the language the young men speak. One of the most annoying parts is how the young men talk to each other. They constantly refer to each other as "he", "she", "it", "the", "him", and "us". This is very upsetting to me because these are the same words that we use to refer to each other as adults, and it just makes me want to cry. This is a very well-made film, but I feel that it could have been more powerful if the American military had been used as a basis for the film. Fincher does a great job of showing the American military as a militaristic organization that does not seem to care about the people it is supposed to protect, as they are too busy killing people in war. The Americans should have shown the Canadians as someone who is more concerned about protecting people, not killing people. Fincher shows the Americans as being more focused on killing people than being concerned with their soldiers and civilians. Fincher does a

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John Lawrence

I recently watched the documentary on the Holocaust of the 20th century titled "Living with the Holocaust". This film was produced by the group Jewish Voice for Peace. I was excited when I heard that it would be released in 2011. This documentary is incredibly powerful and horrifying. I don't think that the film makers have created a great film by any means, but I believe that this film is more powerful than the "War and Peace" film by the director Martin Scorcese. I am sure that there will be many documentaries on the Holocaust that I will enjoy but I can only hope that there will be a new film coming out in 2012. I would not say that this film is the best Holocaust film that I have ever seen, but it definitely is my favorite. I highly recommend this film to anyone.

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Stephen

Sama, (Saleh Nasir) was one of the five refugees who escaped from the city of Haifa to the Israeli-controlled parts of the West Bank. He was a Pakistani American from Brooklyn. He was 14 when he got his citizenship papers. He went through a process of obtaining a national ID card. His sister and mother went through the process and she was able to get a visa to come to Israel. I don't have a huge background in Israel so I don't know if it is a fair representation of the situation there. In some ways, the story is similar to the story of the refugees who got out of Greece after the earthquake in that area in 2012. Some of the problems that the refugees were going to face was the inability of the state to provide security or other basic services. It's pretty evident in this documentary that the government is not willing to take any risks to bring these people in. He said it best in the interview that his mother and sister were convinced to stay. They were willing to take the risks that would be involved in trying to bring these people into Israel. It was an amazing experience for him and his family to see how far his sister and mother went for him to come to Israel. I think this was a good documentary and it really showed the hardships that these people were going to face in their new home. The state was not willing to provide a lot of help in terms of security or other services. He said that he was told that he could go to the grocery store and get things like milk, bread, etc. He was also told that he could go to the gas station and get a bottle of gas and a can of soda. This documentary is a good introduction to people who are interested in the story of the refugees. It was well done and it really showed that this was the reality. I would say it is a good movie to see. It is a story that is worth seeing.

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Walter Cooper

Since this film is basically an apology for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it is worth watching for all the other reasons I listed above. For the first hour, it is a horrifying look into the lives of ordinary people who lost their loved ones. It is difficult to watch a small, middle-class American family being ripped apart by a terrorist attack and the shame they must feel. At the same time, the plight of the families of the survivors is compelling. The number of families who have lost loved ones is so overwhelming, it is an eye-opener to see the number of families who are paying for their losses. I am so thankful that the film didn't play up the terrorist attacks, but instead focused on the families. There were a lot of names missing, and there is a suggestion that it was a mistake to only focus on the families, but it was important to see the full picture. After that, the film became a little depressing, with one main voice-over by Sama to try to tell the audience the whole story. However, this voice-over did not reach the audience that I wanted to hear, because I don't want to hear a voice-over that I can hear as I am watching the film. I would recommend that the voice-over be replaced with something more realistic. It just feels like the voice-over is over-dramatic. At the end of the film, I was just glad that I got to watch this film. It was an important film to me. It did a great job at telling the story of what happened that day and how the world reacted. I am glad that the film didn't play up the terrorist attacks and just told the story of the families. It is a great film and I am glad that it is out in the world. However, I would recommend that the voice-over be replaced with something more realistic.

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Joan Hall

This is a very good documentary that answers many of the questions that many people have about the Iraq War. It also gives a very good account of the methods used by the Bush administration to gain the support of the American public for the war in Iraq. The film is very well done. There are some scenes of a possible campaign of misinformation, as well as some very important issues that are not discussed in the documentary. The documentary is a must see for anyone who has an interest in politics. It will bring you up to speed on the many issues that are being discussed in the documentary.

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Mark Sanchez

I am an ardent student of world cinema and I am a student of film in general. I am very interested in movies of the period of WWII. However, I have never seen any documentary movie about the conflict. However, my family is interested in war movies so I decided to watch this documentary and find out what it was about. The movie was very informative and showed the situation from the American side of the conflict. I thought it was very interesting. I would recommend this movie to any person who is interested in World cinema and WWII.

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Nathan Martin

I really liked this movie and I found it very touching and touching. I find it very difficult to understand why these young men are so angry and why they are not allowed to speak. I was not interested in their stories or their personalities. I found the director to be very sensitive and touching and I have found the commentary by the director to be quite insightful and really helpful to me. This movie is very good and I really like it.

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Jessica W.

Sama is a documentary about the life and death of 16 year old Ali Mohamed, who was shot in cold blood by a military police officer in Syria, and executed by the Assad regime. As a child, Ali was tortured by his regime's thugs. As an adult, Ali has lived a lonely existence in refugee camps. For a man who is 12 years older than his victim, Ali has never learned to walk or speak, and has never learned to love. He has no friends, no money, no love, and has been abandoned by his own family. When he was still alive, Ali was often held captive in the basement of his family home. He was tortured and denied medical care. The only time Ali had a drink was when his sister's boyfriend, a policeman, asked for a glass of water. The torture and abuse had no effect on Ali. He preferred to stay silent and suffered the consequences. His own family took him into their home, but it was too late. The police had him beaten and tortured so many times that he was dead. The footage was taken by his sister, Fatima, who was brave enough to take him to a hospital, where doctors told her that Ali was going to die soon. She had a choice to make: to abandon him, or to keep him and take care of him. Fatima decided to keep him. Ali's life ended when his hospital bracelet broke. He was taken to a clinic that paid nothing for his care, and then put into a "cell" with 15 other detainees. After a few days, he was transferred to a military police station. Ali's brother, Khaled, had tried to tell the authorities that his brother was dead, but they refused to listen. He decided to follow Ali's lead and visit the hospital to see if his brother was still alive. He traveled alone in the middle of the night, and found Ali at the entrance of the clinic. Ali was still alive. A few months later, Khaled had returned to his hometown to meet his father. Khaled knew that he had not been able to save his brother's life, and he was devastated. He left without his father, and in tears. Ali's death was a tragedy. It shattered Khaled's family and he was forced to leave Syria. Ali's sister Fatima has been forced to leave her home in Syria, and has been living with her sister in Germany. Ali is now a non-functioning man, living in a psychiatric hospital in Germany. He has not been able to find a job in his life. He is now broke and alone. He has been treated with steroids and told to "take it up with God." In this movie, the acting of the film is very good, especially Fatima, who shows the heart of a sister who has been separated from her family. Ali Mohamed's life was a tragedy and a tragedy will continue until he is released from Syria. You can help him in his quest to be reunited with his family. Please help.

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Justin

This is a great documentary about the people of the former Yugoslavia. What I love about it is that it goes deeper than just the story of one man. It goes into the psychological impact of war on the people in the country and it does a great job of showing the personal effects. I think that this film is extremely important because it is the first documentary I've seen about this. It shows how the war affected people. It shows how much of a loss of hope was there. And it shows how people reacted to the news. It shows how much of a tragedy it was. If I had to give the credit to one person, I would say that it's because it is a man that was there. It is a man that has experience. He did everything possible to get to see this documentary and he shows that he is still there.

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Susan

This movie was very disturbing. It tells the story of how a man who was born in the Palestinian refugee camps of Lebanon with a German father, who is now an American citizen. He's now fighting for the oppressed Palestinians. I feel sorry for the people who are forced to watch this. It was very depressing. I also felt sad for the filmmaker who had to film this. He was forced to watch this and is trying to put it out to make a documentary film. But the reality is not that easy to see. The political situation in Israel is very bad. People are forced to watch this movie. It's not only sad for him, but for the people who make the movie. It's not easy to see, but it's very sad. It's also very sad for the Israeli people who live in a country where they are forced to live under a system where they have no rights. This is a film that should be seen by anyone who cares about the world's problems.

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Phillip B.

I believe the war has been over for decades. But for those who fought in it, the fight has gone on forever. But one day, there is an idea of making a documentary film, and then "The War" will be a documentary for all to see. The film will show a lot of the atrocities of the war. And then it will also tell about the long and painful way the people of the Middle East has been fighting for years and years. In the end, the film is a tribute to the people who fought for their freedom. And to all who fought for the freedom of other nations. It will not only be an eye-opener to all, but will also give some inspiration to other people who do not know much about this war.

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Theresa H.

Well, I didn't know that the children in the concentration camp were often of the same ethnicity, so I don't know if this is true or not, but I think it's a very interesting perspective. I think it's worth seeing for all the educational value.

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Jennifer Beck

A great movie for the whole family, not just to know about the Spanish Civil War, but also to understand the complexities of human nature, and to see the strong reaction and determination of the people to resist the tyrannical fascist dictatorship. The problem with most documentaries, is that they end up preaching to the choir. But, as I watched this movie, I saw the same story in many other countries, and the same facts were repeated again and again. Even if you are not interested in history or war, I think that you will find this movie interesting, and will gain an appreciation for the enormous contribution the people of Spain made to the world. I think this movie is a must see for anyone who is interested in history, or just wants to learn more about the Spanish Civil War.

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Judy Sims

I am not sure what the purpose of this documentary is, but it doesn't seem to have an ideological agenda. There is no political agenda as such, just an examination of the current situation in Afghanistan, the only war in the Middle East. The documentary is very serious, although some parts are overlong, especially the interviews with the Mujahadeen fighters. These interviews are very painful and the Mujahadeen fighters appear as they really are. It's a very good documentary, but I think it should have been longer. If you want to learn more about the real Mujahadeen and their methods, read books or see movies. I recommend this documentary to anyone interested in the history of the Afghan Mujahadeen.

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Laura

I have no idea how much time and effort Sama gave to this project, but this is the first documentary I have ever seen about the Somali crisis, and as a result I had a lot of insights on the subject. The stories are some of the most powerful I have ever seen, and the fact that most of the people in these stories are refugees in their own country is not lost on me. I found this a very accurate representation of what life was like for many of the refugees and the smugglers who worked for them, and I understand that it may be hard to hear them speak Somali, but that was not the point of the film. I was struck by the directness of the film, and in many of the stories, I was glad to see that these men were being recognized by the UN. But when it came to the part of the film dealing with the Somali government and the people, the government itself was completely forgotten. It was like hearing about a war that is not even being fought. In many of the interviews, the government officials were not only unresponsive to the people being asked, but they were not even there to answer questions, and I think this is part of the problem of the Somali government. It is not that the people are terrorists, but they are the bad guys in this conflict, and they are not really fighting to bring stability to Somalia. The people of Somalia, in their own words, are not terrorists. They are not taking sides. They want to survive. But they also want to live in peace and dignity. And that is not a good enough reason to justify military action against the people. The Somali government is the one that is killing them, and it is the government that is not able to lead the people and make them live in peace. I do not think Somalia is a civil war, but there is no doubt that the Somalis have become a victims of their own government, and not of a foreign force. I also understand that many people in this documentary are not ready to admit that they have heard and seen a lot about the Somalis being terrorists. I also believe that some of the people in this documentary did not feel the need to write this story. That is a shame because it is very important and, I think, very powerful. If the Somali government had shown more interest in helping the refugees, the people of Somalia would have had a much better chance of getting along. And it is not just a matter of security, but of living in dignity and peace. Many people have lost their lives and have lost their families. They have been displaced, and many are trapped in the country. It is time to find solutions, and many people in this documentary are working towards that. I think the UN and the people of Somalia need to listen to these people and take their perspective more seriously, and to recognize that the government and the people of Somalia are the ones who have to do this work, and they are not the bad guys. They are not terrorists, but they are the ones who have to take action to make a better world. I also believe that the Somalis are the victims of their own government, but I do not think they are the ones to blame. I think that some of the Somali government officials are doing what they