This screening is in partnership with Guardian Live.
Please join us for a special screening of documentary film For Sama, followed by a Q&A with film-maker Waad al-Kateab.
When 18 year-old al-Kateab moved to Aleppo to study economics, she did not expect the city she loved to soon be reduced to rubble - but the siege under Assad’s regime was sudden and violent. Amid the death of hundreds of thousands and the displacement of more than 10 million people, al-Kateab found love and gave birth to a daughter, Sama.
Over six months in 2016, she filmed the devastation around her, and the resulting documentary is both a love letter and an explanation. For Sama interweaves the personal narrative of a new mother with a broader political story, including the targeted bombing of hospitals containing children. At its core, the film poses a question to baby Sama: “Will you blame me for staying here or blame me for leaving?” The Aleppo that al-Kateab loved is gone, many of her friends dead or missing. But there is hope ringing through it: that life and love can be found in tragedy.
Please note: this film is rated 18, as it contains scenes of violence, including real dead bodies, that may be upsetting to some viewers.