‘For Sama’ Wins Best Feature at International Documentary Association Awards

Variety | 12/7/2019 | Dave McNary
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Syrian Civil War diary “For Sama” has won the best feature award from the International Documentary Association for Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts.

The award was presented by Frances Fisher on Saturday night at the 35th Annual IDA Documentary Awards at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.

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“For Sama” takes place during five years of the Syrian civil war in Aleppo, starting with the escalation of the conflict in 2012, and following al-Kateab’s life as she falls in love with a medical student, is married, gives birth to her daughter Sama, and reluctantly flees Syria with her husband and infant daughter. “For Sama” had its world premiere in March at the SXSW Festival and won the documentary feature competition’s grand jury and audience awards.

Al-Kateab also received IDA’s Courage Under Fire Award on Saturday. “For Sama” topped nine other finalists —...
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