Promo image for "For Sama" with a person interacting with the screen of a digital SLR set up with a microphone for a shoot

For Sama


To celebrate seven years of JAYU Programming, we are offering a very special and FREE presentation of the award winning favourite For Sama. This film is generously co-presented with: Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

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.

Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad 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.

Join us afterward for a talkback following the film with director Waad Al-Kateab.

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