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For Sama

For Sama is a movie starring Waad Al-Kateab, Hamza Al-Khateab, and Sama Al-Khateab. FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war.

Other Titles
Kirje Alepposta, 娘は戦場で生まれた, Alla mia piccola Sama, 親愛的莎瑪, Für Sama, Pour Sama, Till min dotter, Para Sama, Brevet från Aleppo
Running Time
1 hours 40 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary, War
Director
Edward Watts, Waad Al-Kateab
Actors
Sama Al-Khateab, Waad Al-Kateab, Hamza Al-Khateab
Country
USA, UK
Year
2019
Audio Languages
日本語, اللغة_العربية, English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
Japanese, اللغة_العربية, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war.

Comments about documentary «For Sama» (14)

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Tammy P.

I have never been to war but this movie is very important to me. It will bring tears to my eyes as I watch this. I will watch this movie over and over again. It is the most moving movie I have ever seen. When I saw it the first time I just knew I wanted to go back and see it again and again. I just want to thank everyone who made this movie. Thank you for making a movie about an event that most of us don't even think about. I loved it and I wish I could see it again.

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James D.

The DVD of Sama is pretty basic, so no fancy extras or anything like that. It is, however, filled with fascinating footage of the conflict from various angles. Some of it is downright brutal, like the child from Afghanistan, or the young child from Syria and Lebanon. This might seem offensive at first, but you realize that there is a very good reason for it, and the main reason is a desire to see a lot of human suffering, both of the terrorists and of the civilian populations that have to live with them. And it is all too clear that the U.S. is not solely to blame for the violence. Russia has been there too, and as the film shows, the involvement of the Saudis and the Emiratis, their friends and enemies, have had a very negative impact on the situation in Syria, and the very few instances of cooperation and cooperation with the Syrian Government are just a part of this much larger pattern. To summarize, Sama is just another excuse to see a lot of bloodshed, but it is actually very insightful. Just don't listen to all the people who say it's anti-American propaganda, or you'll be blinded.

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Deborah

This is the best documentary on Israel-Palestine. We all have our own opinions on this matter, but this movie will give us a real sense of what's going on in the Middle East and in Israel. Even if you don't like the politics, you'll understand that this isn't about the Palestinians or Israel. It's about the people in the Middle East and how these two societies are affected by each other. It's a shame that the world is so ignorant and narrow-minded in this regard. I highly recommend this film.

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Laura Bailey

I have been seeing documentary's for many years. I am very impressed by the courage and perseverance that is put in to the final moments. This documentary tells the story of the pilot's continued efforts to bring the aircraft back to safety. I will not go into all of the details because I feel it would be too much. I feel it would be misleading to that the film could not be made without this fantastic effort. I found the movie to be moving. It was very emotional, you could see the effort that the pilots went through to bring the plane back. I would recommend this movie to anyone who is interested in the airplane.

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Kathy M.

This is a very interesting film, well done for the most part, and of course the main subject of the film is the front line in the ground war between Israel and the PLO, and how the Israeli people responded. I have been researching this and how it all went down for a long time. And there are many who will dispute this as if it was some sort of movie, but it's not, it's something that happened. For example, during the war, a person ran into a soldier, and he said to him that he was going to shoot him, because he had a gun and he is a soldier, but it was his second time to do it. So the soldier then had to go back and check it out. He was surprised that he had seen him earlier, so he told him that it was him, and the soldier said that he was at a restaurant and saw him, he recognized him, he said that he had been a sniper. So he gave him his gun back. So now the soldier is the main character, he is now the target of an assassination attempt, and he is not sure what to do, so he goes to his house and finds an arsenal of weapons. But the police arrive at the same time, and they find him at home, and are the main characters in the film. A lot of what happens in this film was really surprising to me. I will only say that in the beginning of the film it showed the PLO attack their headquarters, and the Israelis came in, and the PLO soldier has just killed an Israeli soldier, so then the Israelis are coming in to find out who did this, and all the world was talking about it, and then it got out that it was the PLO, and it went from being a big story to a big story about the PLO. So this is a story that really does show how the whole story was spread, not just for the Israelis, but for the entire world. It really does show the power of the media in the world.

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Pamela S.

For us in the west who have seen "Takeshi's Rage 2", "A better tomorrow" and "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" in our day, this documentary is not a sequel but a tribute to the original in which all those old-school action-hero, characters, designs and action scenes are clearly visible. And the fact that the bulk of the footage is first time-frame is the real reason why this documentary is special. Of course the story is very familiar. It has the same message of a world falling apart: we can't live our lives without destroying the environment and nobody can do anything about it except we ourselves. We see, that's the main problem with the world today and we, as far as the way we live is concerned, can only change what we can with our personal life. And the message in "Sama" is a lot more than a retrospective view of the original. The movie is very much packed with observations and insights, including clips from the original and many of the other great action-movies of the past. And the interview with directors on the whole DVD makes this documentary a valuable addition to any collection of action-movies. Everyone who loves action-movies should watch this one!

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Aaron

I do not understand why people say this documentary is completely irresponsible and offensive. I would call it a shameful waste of time. It's a pity. I just don't understand why someone who is not a refugee or otherwise, cannot feel like they have a good life when they are living in a refugee camp. There are too many refugee people who have very good lives, they just want to be able to live in their own country. As a child, I couldn't even see myself to be a refugee. I am afraid to live as a refugee myself. That is why I hate it when people take a documentary and call it irresponsible. It's not like that, this is a very serious and some may say inhuman case. And it's sad, because the most important thing is to be free, and we can't just sit back and do nothing. I don't want to say more, just watch it.

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Amy Wood

Sama is a young Arab/Muslim girl with intense dreams of becoming a British nurse. From a young age Sama has wanted to be a nurse. Her family rejects her because she is Muslim, and they wish that she would marry someone like her father. Her father asks her to go to London and marry a man who looks like her father. Although initially this is a significant undertaking for Sama, it is not what she wanted. After much persuasion she agrees. However when she goes to London she sees a man who is extremely beautiful and handsome. She accepts this man and joins him in the UK. As soon as Sama arrives in London she finds her destiny has changed. Instead of being a nurse, Sama is now a prostitute. In London she meets other young Muslim girls. They talk about their lives and how they wish to become a nurse and become part of society. They are extremely proud of their Muslim faith and very proud of their strength and bravery. They praise the government in the UK for their religious tolerance. In other words, their behaviour is not Islamophobic, but shows that Muslims are very tolerant of other religions. Sama ends up marrying the man she had been rejected by. But when she returns to her father he is extremely angry that she has married a non Muslim man. He brings her back home and sends her to live with her abusive father. Sama cannot get used to her new life. Her father is very angry that she is not using her Muslim faith to hide her new identity. He attempts to impose a strict Muslim life on Sama and put a chain around her ankle. He wishes that Sama go back to her father, and allow him to raise her. Sama eventually agrees to go back to her father. She goes back to his home where she is very happy. This is because she has a powerful father who loves her unconditionally. Sama is now the proud daughter of her father. Sama never used to be a prostitute, but had to be because she was not accepted by her family. This is a powerful film that shows the strength of Muslims in Britain. It's very powerful because it shows how a woman who is raised with a strict Islamic upbringing can still become a strong young woman. It is also an important story of hope that Muslim women are not scared to embrace their Muslim faith, and they can be strong, independent, independent in marriage, independent in the workplace, independent in education, and independent in all aspects of life. These are the values that Muslim women should be pursuing.

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Beverly C.

What exactly is going on in Aleppo, Syria? During the Aleppo Civil War, warring parties are besieging the civilian population in and around Aleppo, the capital city of Syria. In a film by British filmmaker Jane Rosler (whose work I found extremely compelling and penetrating), one is forced to question what exactly is going on and why. I found that both her documentary and her news reports seemed remarkably accurate. There is really no middle ground. The coverage seems to focus almost entirely on the Syrian army. I found her reporting, combined with her music, quite moving and moving-forward. She talks to some rebels who are calling themselves "The White Helmets" (Syria's equivalent of the Red Cross) and they are very brave and courageous. She also interviews others and doesn't waste time interviewing all of them. This film is very focused on what the White Helmets are doing. I found this difficult to understand and suspect that it would have been more powerful if they had discussed the government in the Syrian government and not the White Helmets. The White Helmets are a small group of volunteer civilians who are trying to save lives and get those lives saved. I understand that these are not regular people but I am extremely skeptical that they are a group of ordinary Syrian people. I would like to know what this group is doing and if it is really saving lives. I do not believe that it is a good thing to be talking to these people because the government in the government of Syria is one of the worst in the world. There have been multiple battles in Aleppo, all of them have been fought against the government and people inside the city. The White Helmets have not saved any lives. They have not even made a dent in the government. I am not saying that they are not good people because I do not think they are. I am saying that this group has a better chance of saving lives if they do not speak to the government in the Syrian government and this group is in the government. This is an extremely serious issue and I would really like to know how they are doing. This is not a documentary or news program. This is real and I would like to know if this is real and is happening or if this is just a big publicity campaign to get more people to go to Syria. The government is one of the worst in the world and the White Helmets are a group of regular civilians who have the right to their own opinions and to do what they want to do. I hope that more people can see this film. I believe that it is not just a documentary. It is a film that is trying to change the way we see the Syrian conflict. The film has some very important messages that if we all take the time to read them, we can all see that we need to change our thinking. We can change our perceptions and opinions about Syria. This is a very powerful film that is sure to make you think. I strongly recommend this film.

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Marilyn Russell

It's about the "mercenary spirit" of a group of armed men in Colombia. The film was made in 2002. The subject is one of the main characteristics that makes this group of men some of the best soldiers of their time. They are constantly on the move. They always had some chance of being killed, as they are sometimes exposed to some very harsh situations. The film shows that the group - five people from four different villages - are totally fearless and can survive very difficult situations. They don't fear death. The soldier's motivation is that the Colombians want them to fight for them. The story of their "mercenary spirit" is compelling and interesting. The subjects, the leader - "Diego," and his co-leader - "Rodolfo," are both interesting. The only thing that should be made clear is that the film is in Spanish with English subtitles. The length is well made. I don't think it is overlong. The highlight is the scene where the fighters walk through the jungle with a painted army vehicle to search for their prey. It's a very emotional and thrilling scene.

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Katherine

. is a surprisingly gritty drama about children, families, and war. The movie is surprisingly good for a documentary, and the performances are especially good. The three main characters (the youngest is six years old) are intelligent and give an honest insight into the hardships faced by children in the middle of a war zone. The older son, six, is troubled and shows some strange behavior. However, when he is 13 and joins the army, the war begins to affect him. And the youngest, 12, is torn between his father's dreams for him and his need to be a fighter. I think the film explores the issues that affect every single one of us. But I think it is especially effective because it is short, almost no dialog, the characters are extremely real, and it doesn't come across as propaganda. I give it an 8.

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Dorothy C.

I heard about this film when it came out on television, but it never got any air time, since it only had a few minutes on TV. It was great when I saw it, it showed a lot of the tragic aspects of the war. I was surprised to see that it was filmed on location in Albania. I was really impressed by the cinematography, it was really well done. The color was great, I was very impressed with the costumes. I don't think I could have taken it any better, but it was very tough watching it, because I was so captivated by the camera. The music was so haunting and sad, I was crying a lot. The actors were amazing, especially as a witness to the events, especially that woman. I am so glad she managed to make an honest, raw documentary film like this. I was really glad she showed what really happened in that area. When I saw the ending of the film, I just sat there in silence, because I was so moved by the raw power and beauty of the music, and the amazing cinematography. I recommend this film to anyone. It is a beautiful and shocking film, one of the best I've seen in the last few years.

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Martha Marshall

I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the Great White North. And if ever there were a great film about Canada, Sama would be the choice. We are such a welcome sight to many on their visit to our land. After seeing Sama I must say that I agree with the Director's comments regarding the aspect of the black community, that we are basically not accepted by our white neighbors. That's the reason why the directors chose to make the movie of a man with his hand in the bread. I'm sure it will prove a popular topic among young people. I thought Sama was a wonderful movie. I must also add that it was shot in Hollywood with a nice blend of color, of snow and of black people. I wonder why this movie wasn't made more widely known. Sama's story is well-written and well-acted, and the acting by the actors is superb. The character of a young boy named Sama was very well portrayed by the actor who portrayed him. His portrayal of Sama is very touching, and he was very well-casted. His role was in no way small. Many people from all backgrounds of this movie cast their votes. I give it a thumbs up for this movie.

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Emma

This movie was a great story and had a great cast. The amount of people that were interviewed was a huge part of this movie. Some of the things that were talked about in the movie were very valid and realistic. This movie could have gone in any direction and ended up something different. But this movie turned out so unique and thought provoking. There were some that were just "oh how bad" and others that were "wow what a great story". This movie was worth the viewing and well worth of the viewing.