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For Sama is one of the most harrowing and powerful films you are likely to see. Filmed by Edward Watts and Waad Al-Kateab, documenting the work of Waad’s husband Hamza in the midst of Syria’s war, For Sama captures intense human suffering, both physical and psychological. As bombs rain down from above, Hamza treats injuries while his family squeezes into a tiny apartment, and Waad gives birth to the titular baby Sama, for whom in a sense all this is for. Set against the unbelievable hardship is incredible courage and fortitude, while Sama herself presents innocence in the most inhumane surroundings. For those who find conflicts too distant to engage with, For Sama provides a human face and soul that cannot be ignored. 

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