Republic Film Distribution has confirmed that it will be releasing festival favourite For Sama in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on the 13th September. Winner of the Golden Eye Documentary Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Grand Jury prize for Best Documentary and the Audience Award at SXSW, the film has been a huge hit on the festival circuit. Directed by Emmy award winning filmmakers Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, For Sama is their first feature documentary, revealing 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 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 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.
Prior to its UK theatrical run, the film will open in U.S cinemas on the 26th July and receive a broadcast premiere on Channel 4 and PBS Frontline in the autumn.