Thursday 19 September 2019

For Sama review: It's powerful stuff but will anyone listen?

4 stars

For Sama
For Sama
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

The ongoing war in Syria has faded from the headlines, and the natural tendency when faced with such a high wall of human suffering is to throw up one’s hands and look away.

In an attempt to bring the world to its senses, some fine documentaries have appeared in recent years, and this one began as a video diary.

Waad al-Kateab joined protests against Assad’s rule in 2012, and For Sama follows her through the following five years, as she watches her beloved city of Aleppo being reduced to rubble, and gives birth in appalling circumstances to a baby girl, for whom this film is named.

It’s powerful stuff, but will anyone listen?

(No Cert, IFI, 100mins)

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