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For Sama ( ‘min ajl sama‘) is a 2019 documentary film produced and narrated by Waad Al-Kateab, and directed by Al-Kateab and Edward Watts. The film focuses on Waad Al-Kateab's journey as a journalist and rebel in the Syrian uprising. Her husband is Hamza Al-Kateab, one of the few doctors left in Aleppo, and they raise their daughter Sama Al-Kateab during the Syrian Civil War.

Plot

The film shows Waad al-Kateab's life through five years in Aleppo, Syria before and during The Battle of Aleppo. An 18-year-old marketing student at the University of Aleppo when the uprising began in 2011, we watch as she falls in love, gives birth to her first daughter Sama and navigates motherhood all while the conflict begins to engulf the city. She and her husband, a doctor at one of the few remaining hospitals in the city, face an agonising decision to flee to safety or stay behind to help the innocent victims of war.

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