How do you justify giving birth to a child in a war zone?
The most gripping film of the year is the Syrian journalist Waad’s harrowing story of her life in Aleppo, told to her daughter. Through Waad’s lens we get an extremely close and personal look at the fate of Syria, from Waad’s participation in the infancy of the optimistic student demonstrations, all the way to the horrific warfare of the Syrian regime and siege of Aleppo.
At the same time, this is the story of life in spite of the war – Waad gets married, becomes pregnant and gives birth, while the world around her is literally collapsing. She and her husband run the very last hospital in Aleppo, and they refuse to leave all they have been fighting for. But what about their daughter?
For Sama has won numerous awards globally, and this testimony is just as painfull as it is beautiful.
NB: Includes disturbing images.
Debate after the screening of For Sama on Tuesday February 25th in Salongen:
Narrative Wars: The Politics of Memory
Why should we watch films about war and unbearable human suffering?
The Syrian war is not only fought with guns and bombs, but also with words and narratives. The Syrian regime is funding efforts to manipulate the Syrian story while others are documenting regime war crimes. Such “narrative wars” are not unique to Syria. They are a normal occurrence during and after violent conflicts, including ethnic cleansings and genocides. Read more