Best Documentary Oscar nominee tells a new mother’s story of life, love & family during the uprising in Aleppo.

FOR SAMA, the 2020 Academy Awards ‘Best Documentary’ nominee, telling the story of life, love and family through the eyes of a new mother living through the darkest days of the uprising in Aleppo, is now live to stream exclusively on iwonder.  

Watch For Sama Streaming Online | iwonder
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: This film contains graphic images that some viewers may find distressing. Viewer discretion is advised. 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 l…

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.

Waad’s 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. The film is the first feature documentary by Emmy award-winning filmmakers Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts.

Available to stream in Australia on the anniversary of being named Best Documentary at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, FOR SAMA has since collected a host of other accolades, including the 2020 BAFTA for Best Documentary and a 2020 Academy Award nomination in the same category, cementing its reputation as one of the most powerful and important factual films of the past year.

Commenting on bringing this powerful piece of film to audiences in Australia, available to stream exclusively on iwonder, Head of Content Alexandra Fox-Hughes says:

FOR SAMA is as important as it is emotionally wrenching, serving to bring the world’s attention to a series of tragedies and atrocities in Syria that have plagued the country for years, while destroying countless lives in the process. Set against a backdrop of unimaginable darkness and despair, FOR SAMA reminds us of the hope and joy that comes with new life and the strength we are able to draw from family, even in the most testing of times.”

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Selected reviews on For Sama:

For Sama - Movie Review
Intimately personal and powerfully universal, this brutally honest documentary is a painful but important to watch account of life during the Syrian war.
For Sama review – searing story of a Syrian warzone baby
A student documenting the siege of Aleppo kept filming when she became pregnant. The result is a profoundly moving study of horror and hope
For Sama (2019)
A young woman is followed through five years during the revolution in Aleppo, Syria - through love, marriage and motherhood.
For Sama movie review & film summary (2019) | Roger Ebert
It is up to the world to take in every piece of For Sama, and truly grasp the human cost of the crisis.
For Sama review: One of the most profoundly intimate depictions of the Syrian conflict
Director Waad al-Kateab captures her experiences in Aleppo with incredible bravery and determination
‘For Sama’ Review: A Heart-Wrenching and Essential Documentary About a Young Mother in Aleppo
SXSW winner is a bracingly horrific but resiliently beautiful documentary about a young woman raising her daughter in a Syrian war zone.
Film Review: ‘For Sama’
The Syrian civil war may be the largest human crisis of our age, and with no end to it in sight, it’s only right that documentarians are unwilling to let it rest. The last few years have seen Syria-themed docs all but flooding the festival circuit, forming what the more cynical may deem a subgenre […

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Airdate: For Sama | TV Tonight
2020 Oscars nominee tells the story of a new mother living through the uprising in Aleppo, Syria.
“FOR SAMA”, Now Streaming Exclusively on iwonder –
“FOR SAMA” is a story of life, love and family from the female perspective and experience of war. The film follows Waad al-Kateab’s life through 5 years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria. Waad’s camera, or vlog if you would, captures the stories of loss, laughter and survival as a new mother while li…