For Sama
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For Sama

Sun
27
Sun Oct 27 7:00 PM

Byron Community Centre
Code
General Admission
98 Mins
October
Sun Oct 27

For Sama plunges us straight into the fear and horror of life under fire in the midst of the Syrian civil war, often to gut-wrenching effect. Waad is at a hospital in Aleppo and while taking shelter in the dark basement during an artillery attack doctors joke that her daughter Sama must be asking “Mum, why did you give birth to me? It’s been nothing but war since the day I was born”. This film is Waad’s explanation to her Sama why she, a journalist, and Sama’s father, Hamza, a doctor, stayed behind during the intense battle for the city in 2016 – and why they kept Sama with them when they could have left her with grandparents. It is a visceral look at how war destroys buildings, lives and families. It is also full of images of stark beauty: a yellow ambulance in a white, bombed-out landscape of ruined buildings, a group of friends singing a nursery rhyme to a baby on the front lines.The film always circles back to the effects of war on children, from making swimming pools out of shell holes, to painting a bombed out bus, to gently stroking and kissing a dead brother. For Sama is a love story and a war story, a tribute to lost friends, a documentary about the atrocities of war. But most of all it examines the costs of believing in, and committing oneself to, a cause.
October
Sun Oct 27

Byron Community Centre

69 Jonson St Byron Bay, New South Wales, 2481