For Sama (18)
Dir: Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts
UK, 2019, 100 mins, Arabic dialogue with subtitles
A powerful documentary by Waad al-Katean, who filmed her own life in rebel-held Aleppo for five years, as she fell in love, married and gave birth to a daughter. An extraordinary war diary in which she captures everyday Syrian life and her struggle to decide if she should flee to protect her daughter's life when leaving means abandoning her fight for freedom. An epic tale of the survival of love and courage amid the cruelty of war.