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  • Date and time: Tuesday 4 February 2020, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Location: Room SLB/118, Spring Lane Building, Campus West, University of York (Map)
  • Audience: Open to alumni, staff, students, the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Holocaust Memorial Day Event

For Sama is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells 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 cataclysmic conflict rises around her. 

Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice– whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.

The film is the first feature documentary by Emmy award-winning filmmakers, Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts.

Film screening followed by discussion. After the screening, Alice Nah (Politics) will chair an audience Q&A with a panel comprising David Hickman (independent film-maker), and a former University of York student from Aleppo.

Please note this film contains scenes of violent conflict which some viewers may find distressing. 

Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Hearing loop