For Samea Film Still

For Sama

Film Screening and Q&A

Festival of the Future City/
Thu 12 September 2019

For Sama

Film Screening and Q&A

For Samea Film Still
Thu 12 September 2019,

Winner of the Best Documentary prize at Cannes, this intimate, visceral film tells the story of one woman’s journey through love, motherhood, war and survival during five years of the Syrian conflict.

At its centre is Waad al-Kateab, a young woman whose camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as she 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.

Unsparing in its details and unflinching in what it includes, al-Kateab captures the human cost of life under constant conflict. Described by one critic as “the single most heart-wrenchingly honest film you have ever seen”, For Sama is a remarkable look at the devastation brought on to Aleppo, its people and, particularly, its children.

The Thursday 12 September screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Edward Watts, hosted by Andrew Kelly, Festival of Ideas.

This film is part of Festival of the Future City – an initiative of Festival of Ideas. Festival of the Future City takes place every two years in Bristol celebrating and debating the future of cities with talks, walks, debates, arts projects and new books. The 2019 Festival of the Future City includes classic utopian films about cities; cities in silent cinema; documentaries on New Towns, democracy, the housing crisis and the anthropocene in the series: Cities, Future Cities and Film. We are grateful to BFI for their support for this programme.

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Further details of the 2019 Festival of the Future City programme are here.

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