Morrie&Me | Documentary: For Sama
This award winning documentary of 26-years old journalist Waad al-Kateab captures what life's like in a city during war.
For Sama, documentary, war, Syria, Aleppo, Waad al-Kateab
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Documentary: For Sama

Documentary : For Sama


a documentary by Waad al-Kateab, directed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts
launched in 2019 by PBS Frontline, Channel 4 News and ITN Productions, 95 minutes

This award winning documentary of 26-years old journalist Waad al-Kateab captures what life’s like in a city during war. ‘For Sama’ gives us an intimate insight into Waad’s personal life during the five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria.


With her camera, Waad captures incredible stories of heartbreak, loss, friendship and survival. We see her falling in love and getting married to a young doctor in the last hospital in the city. After the birth of their baby girl Sama, they struggle more and more with the impossible choice of whether or not to flee the city to protect their daughter’s life. An almost impossible choice, when leaving means abandoning a fight for freedom for which they’ve sacrificed so much already…


They stay and continue to work and help the people of Aleppo as long as they can, but in the end have to leave for their own and their daughters safety. With this documentary they share their experiences and continue to fight and raise awareness for Aleppo; the city, its people and their home.



official trailer of ‘For Sama’


Watching this documentary, I could’t help but cry. Cry for Waad, her family and friends and for people all over the world that are facing violence and war. At the same time, the incredible courage, bravery and idealism of Waad and the people surrounding her is an inspiration. Might I ever find myself in such extreme, scary and dangerous circumstances like Waad and her friends, I can only hope and wish that I can and will be as brave and heroic as they’ve been.


For information about the documentary, go to Watch For Sama online for free via


*Picture in header is a still from the documentary ‘For Sama’, directed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, released in 2019.