SPACE, Europafilm, Oslo Dokumentarkino and Human IDFF invite you to this online screening of Oscar-nominated, BAFTA-winning documentary For Sama (2019, 99 mins) and live Q&A with the filmmaker Waad Alkateab on 24th June at 19.30 Oslo time.
How does this work?
- You can watch the film online anytime you want, by clicking on this link.
- On June 24th, you can meet the filmmaker Waad Alkateab live on SPACE Facebook page and ask her any questions on the film, or if you cannot attend, you can send us your questions in advance and we will ask her for you.
How can YOU help?
The first question that people ask after watching For Sama is, “How can I help?” Here are three ways:
- Bear witness: many people are still confused about what happened and still happening in Syria. For Sama tells us a Syrian story of love and courage facing injustice and oppression. When you watch the film, you help by bearing witness and preserving the narrative.
- Show solidarity: Waad Alkateab says that the hardest way for people to die is in silence. After watching For Sama, please take a picture of yourself with a message of solidarity to show Syrians across the world that you are hearing their stories and standing with them in their struggle for freedom and democracy. Share it on social media and tag @ActionForSama. Hashtags: #forsama #actionforsama #stopbombinghospitals.
- Take action: One of the ways you can support is to give to the heroic humanitarians and medics still saving lives on the ground in Syria. As the global Coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the world, the people of Syria need our help more than ever. The humanitarian conditions are appalling and there is always the threat of further conflict. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced and are now living in overcrowded camps, with no chance of self isolation.
You can donate by card or PayPal online. All of the money donated to Action For Sama goes via our partners at Help Refugees, who ensure that every penny goes directly to those working inside Syria.
Background on the film
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.