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Waad al-Kateab – For Sama #MigrationFilmFestival

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A powerful documentary on the Syrian uprising.

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19 min. and 23 sec.

PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Waad al-Kateab, director of the film For Sama.

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A conversation with Waad al-Kateab, director of For Sama, a powerful documentary on the Syrian uprising. The story is defined by a personal and distinctly female perspective. For Sama premiere last year and since then, it has gained worldwide acclaim, including being awarded the main prize at the recent inaugural edition of the International Migration Film Festival. The reaction prompted al-Kateab to birth a new initiative titled Action for Sama, to raise awareness of the continued targeting of healthcare facilities in Syria. In this interview, we talk about that as well as other things, including the dangers of documenting the uprising and her experiences of being a mother during those violent years. (This interview was recorded for Big FRED Tuesday.)

This interview was featured on our weekly show, Big FRED Tuesday.

For Sama: An intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. 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 conflict rises around her.

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Waad al-Kateab
  • Interviewee role
    director
  • Film title
    For Sama
  • Festival section
    International Migration Film Festival
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