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Director: Waad al-Khateab 2019 95 Minutes Ages 18+
For Sama Sat 05 Oct
02:30pm 95mins New Farm Six Cinemas
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For Sama Thu 10 Oct
02:00pm 95mins Australian Cinémathèque GOMA
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In the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo, a young journalist makes the gut-wrenching decision to raise her family amid the chaos. A Cannes 2019 Golden Eye Documentary Award winner.

Waad al-Kateab lives in Aleppo on the cusp of a revolution against the dictatorial Assad regime. When the city comes under siege, she makes the impossible choice to stay to document the struggle and help her doctor husband establish a hospital. Soon she becomes pregnant and the couple must struggle to maintain a family in the face of overwhelming adversity as their hospital endures daily bombings. The riveting footage she captures reveals a community whose humanity and humour shine through despite the bleakest of circumstances.

Narrated by al-Kateab as a letter to her newborn daughter, this powerful and ultimately optimistic story shows the resilience of the human spirit against insurmountable odds.

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Year:2019
Classification:Ages 18+
Country:Syrian Arab Republic, USA and United Kingdom
Language:Arabic, with English subtitles
Director:Waad al-Khateab
Producer:Waad al-Khateab
Script:Waad al-Khateab
Program strand:Documentaries
Rights:Autlook Filmsales