Though I love film, I don’t usually write to you about ones I have seen. However, this film is really special. Please try to see it in Vancouver if you can.
It has always really annoyed me, how two or three film companies have a monopoly on film distribution. So, if you want to see the latest idiot Hollywood blockbuster, you can go to any cinema in the city and it’s playing several times per day. There are ads everywhere. When it’s not in the cinema, it’s all over Netflix etc. Access is definitely not an issue.
However, independent films like “For Sama” only have a tiny proportion of the distribution that the commercial films have. I was finally able to catch this, but had to leave work early and travel into central London. Anyway, all this to say that I wish independent films were as accessible as the Hollywood ones. So try to see it while you can!
“For Sama” is a film about a Syrian student documenting the siege of Aleppo, even after she became pregnant with her daughter (Sama).
As activists against the Assad regime, Waad al-Kateab and her husband stayed behind in Aleppo as long as they could. It was heartbreaking when they had to finally leave, giving up the fight for freedom. Waad al-Kateab’s husband worked as a doctor in the last remaining make-shift hospital in Aleppo, so the footage here is devastating. To me, it was a good supplement to the footage you see on the news. This was the reality of the war in Syria.