VPRO IDFA Audience Award 2019

Docu: For Sama

A letter from a mother to her daughter. An intimate and heartbreaking view from inside on the conflict in Syria.
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Tuesday 14 Jan, 20.00
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A young doctor and a young journalist fall in love with each other, in the middle of a civil war. While their city Aleppo is being bombed, they get married and have a beautiful child. Director and journalist Waad al-Kateab captures the atrocities and daily events surrounding her family and her city with her camera. Meanwhile, her husband Hamza works in the emergency hospital that he has set up. Eventually, this hospital becomes the target of a new bombing and the dangers are getting closer and closer. The young family is struggling with an impossible choice: whether or not to flee the city to protect their daughter's life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.



For Sama

For Sama has won the VPRO IDFA Audience Award 2019, was awarded the Prix L’Œil d’Or for Best Documentary at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. It also won the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the SXSW Film Festival, and is nominated for an Oscar in the category Documentary Feature.


  • Director: Waad al-Kateab
  • Spoken language: Arabic
  • Subtitles: English
  • Length: 100 minutes
This event is in English
Tuesday 14 Jan, 20.00
Grote zaal
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