Syrian documentary ‘For Sama’ takes home a BAFTA

It received a six-minute standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival
Syrian documentary ‘For Sama’ takes home a BAFTA

For Sama, the Syrian documentary directed and narrated by Waad Al-Kateab, and produced by Al-Kateab and Edward Watts, took home a BAFTA last night for Best Documentary.

The flick was filmed over five years from inside besieged Aleppo that gives a first-hand account of war from the perspective of Waad Al-Kateab. Over the course of the film, Waad, falls in love and gives birth, all while the conflict rages around her.

Taking to Instagram to express her excitement, Wadd writes, “We won DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR by London Critics’ Circle Film Award. We are so honored and happy that Afraa the amazing woman attended the ceremony for the first time in the UK.”

When it was shown at Cannes Film Festival it reportedly received a six-minute standing ovation. The documentary is also nominated for an Academy Award, of which the ceremony is taking place on 10 February.

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