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For Sama: Screening and Q&A with Waad al-Kateab

Guardian Live

Friday, 31 January 2020 from 18:30 to 21:00 (GMT)

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Please join us for a special screening of Oscar-nominated documentary film For Sama, followed by a Q&A with film-maker Waad al-Kateab.

When 18 year-old al-Kateab moved to Aleppo to study economics, she did not expect the city she loved to soon be reduced to rubble - but the siege from Russia under Assad’s regime was sudden and violent. Amid the death of hundreds of thousands and the displacement of more than 10 million people, al-Kateab found love and gave birth to a daughter, Sama.

Over six months in 2016, she filmed the devastation around her, and the resulting documentary is both a love letter and an explanation. For Sama interweaves the personal narrative of a new mother with a broader political story, including the targeted bombing of hospitals containing children. At its core, the film poses a question to baby Sama: “Will you blame me for staying here or blame me for leaving?” The Aleppo that al-Kateab loved is gone, many of her friends dead or missing. But there is hope ringing through it: that life and love can be found in tragedy.

This powerful documentary was widely praised by critics, and has received four BAFTA nominations as well as an Academy Award nomination for best documentary feature. Waad al-Kateab and Afraa Hashem, a Syrian teacher also featured in the film, will be in conversation with Guardian and Observer senior foreign correspondent, Emma Graham-Harrison.

Please note: this film is rated 18, as it contains scenes of violence, including real dead bodies, that may be upsetting to some viewers.

Running time: 2 hrs 30 minutes, no interval.

This event is produced in partnership with Picturehouse Central

Wheelchair users and visitors who require an assistant may bring a companion free of charge. To book a free companion ticket please email

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When & Where

Picturehouse Central
Corner of Great Windmill Street and Shaftesbury Avenue
W1D 7DH London
United Kingdom

Friday, 31 January 2020 from 18:30 to 21:00 (GMT)

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