Documentary Club | For Sama

Member-Led at Online

Sat, Apr 4 at 4:30 p.m.   |   90 minutes   |   BYOB!
Clubs: Member-led conversations around books, films, etc.

Documentary Club, starting with 'For Sama', a story of motherhood in war torn Aleppo, framed as an open letter to her baby daughter.

In the Scenius Documentary Club we’ll watch and discuss some of the most celebrated documentaries of 2019. No list could do the year justice, but we'll start the list from Rolling Stone. It features wide ranging stories from motherhood in war torn Aleppo (For Sama) to a life affirming love letter to New York City (Carmine Street Guitars), a city currently engaged in its own kind of war. 

We'll start with 'For Sama': Framed as an open letter to her baby daughter, Waad al-Kateab’s video-diary feature (co-credited to veteran investigative documentarian Edward Watts) immediately drops viewers into a shelling in Aleppo. Doctors, victims and civilians seeking shelter in the basement of a makeshift emergency ward scurry for treatment and safety. We then get a you-are-there backstory of the early days of the Syrian uprising in 2012; the pushback against students and protestors by the al-Assad regime; how Waad and her fellow revolutionary, a doctor named Hamza, fell in love; and the birth of their child Sama as their city is systematically destroyed around them. An intimate, emotionally devastating look at life during wartime that, much like Feras Fayyad’s The Cave (another standout this year), goes past the headlines and details the conflict in the most personal manner possible.

You should plan to watch the documentary before the Zoom meeting at 4:30pm. You can watch For Sama on PBS.

Teacher: Member-Led

This event is member-led.


Venue: Online

Zoom link will be sent upon signup.

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