Syrian war film For Sama becomes most nominated documentary in Bafta history
For Sama, a documentary produced by Syrian refugee and film maker Waad Al-Kateab about life inside besieged Aleppo has been nominated for a total of four different awards at the Baftas, making it the most nominated documentary in the history of the British Film Academy Awards.
The moving film showcases first-hand footage filmed by Al-Kateab as she goes through life in a city under siege; from meeting her husband and falling in love to getting married and giving birth to her daughter Sama, she has documented it all. The footage offers heart wrenching insight into the turmoil faced by civilians during the Syrian Civil War from places that were inaccessible to international press and photographers.
The acclaimed movie, which was filmed over five years by Al-Kateab, has already been awarded the Prix L’Oeil D’Or for Best Documentary at the Cannes Film Festival as well as four trophies at the British Independent Film Awards in 2019.
For Sama leads #BAFTA non-fiction awards with FOUR nominations – including Outstanding British Film – making it the most nominated documentary ever in BAFTA history. pic.twitter.com/f0pDUxlSPz— For Sama (@forsamafilm) January 7, 2020
The moving story that has grabbed the hearts and minds of viewers all over the world and it has been nominated in the categories of: Documentary, Outstanding British Film, Film Not in English Language and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.
Al-Kateab fled Syria in 2016, bringing her footage with her to the UK where she worked with Channel 4’s Edward Watts to cut and edit the footage into a film that tells the story of life in a manner that transcends language, race and culture.
Watch the trailer of For Sama here.