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For Sama – Hot Docs at the Canadian War Museum

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The Canadian War Museum is proud to partner with Hot Docs — North America’s largest documentary festival — featuring cutting-edge films from across Canada and around the world. Each screening will be followed by a moderated discussion and Q&A with a special guest, exploring the film’s themes. Join us for these thought-provoking evenings of documentary film and conversation. This season will feature:

For Sama
Thursday, March 5, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Over the course of several years, Waad al-Kateab has been filming the uprising in her home city of Aleppo, Syria. Capturing the brutal conflict all around her comes with added personal stakes as she falls in love and becomes pregnant with her first child. The idea of bringing a baby into such extreme conditions transforms the narrative of how she documents her surroundings. She maintains love for her nation and the people around her, hoping this passion can counterbalance the widespread violence her daughter will be born into. While the battles rage on daily, baby Sama comes into the world to a devoted mother who is faced with the ever-more-urgent decision of whether to let go of the city she dreamed would someday be free of tyranny and war. Through the chaotic devastation that surrounds them, For Sama depicts a story of how love can bloom in even the direst of circumstances.

Advisory: This film contains graphic imagery and raw emotion. Scenes include the immediate impact of war on civilians, including children. Injury, medical treatment and death are shown.


Languages: Arabic with English subtitles
Rating: 18A (for viewers 18 years of age and older, or accompanied by an adult)


Special Guest

Michael Petrou
Historian, journalist and fellow-in-residence, Carleton University

Michael Petrou is an historian and journalist. He was the 2018 Martin Wise Goodman Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He is now a fellow-in-residence in Carleton University’s Global and International Studies program and an adjunct professor in its Department of History. Petrou is also a fellow at the Canadian International Council, the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, and the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights.


See also:
A Kandahar Away – Thursday, February 6, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies – Thursday, February 20, 7 to 9:30 p.m.


Q&A is in English with simultaneous French interpretation.

Presented by the Canadian War Museum in partnership with the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

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Dates & Times
English French
Thursday, March 5, 2020
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.