Forum Film Series: "For Sama"


Location: Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

For Sama

This event is the third of four film screenings hosted each Wednesday throughout February 2023 as part of the Notre Dame Forum on "War and Peace." 

Directed by Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts
With Waad Al-Kateab, Hamza Al-Khateab, Sama Al-Khateab
Not Rated, 96 minutes, DCP
In English and Arabic with English subtitles.

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In a time of conflict and darkness in her home in Aleppo, Syria, one young woman kept her camera rolling while falling in love, getting married, having a baby, and saying goodbye as her city crumbled.

Directed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, the documentary For Sama unfolds as a love letter from al-Kateab to her daughter Sama. After debuting on the international film festival circuit, For Sama won over 50 awards — including the Prix L'&?OElig;il d'Or for Best Documentary at the Cannes Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. It also received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Feature Documentary category.

A panel discussion will follow the screening. 


  • Atalia Omer, Professor of Religion, Conflict and Peace Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs
  • Eskandar Ataallah, Master of Global Affairs, International Peace Studies student, Keough School of Global Affairs
  • Moderator: Ricky Herbst, Cinema Program Director, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

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