WINNER of 4 BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS: Best British Film (first time awarded to a documentary), Best Director, Best Documentary, Best Editing

4 x BAFTA Nominee: (more than any other non-fiction film before) Best British Film, Best Documentary, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Debut by a British Director

WINNER of L’Œil d’Or for Best Documentary at CANNES Film Festival

SHORTLISTED for ACADEMY AWARD for Best Documentary


WINNER Of Grand Jury and Audience Award at SXSW as well as over 50 other awards worldwide

“A harrowing yet tender love story. Gorgeous, moving filmmaking”
SXSW Grand Jury Judge

“Simple in concept, shattering in execution…a ragged, remarkable act of cinematic witnessing”

“One of the most remarkable films ever made about the Syrian uprising”
The Hollywood Reporter

“The single most heart-wrenchingly honest film you have ever seen”
Film Threat

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.

Directed by Edward Watts and Waad al-Kateab

Produced by Channel 4 News/ITN Productions for Channel 4 and Frontline PBS

It was released in cinemas nationwide in the UK and US and broadcast in full on Channel 4 in October 2019 and PBS in November 2019.