FOR SAMA (2019) Oscar-nominated doc – civilians under Russian fire in the siege of Aleppo, Syria

Written on June 24th, 2022
As we witness Russia’s targeting of civilians in Ukraine, here’s my 2019 conversation with directors Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts of the Oscar-nominated documentary, For Sama, and with Dr. Hamza al-Kateab, who ran the last hospital in East Aleppo. The film takes us inside the long siege by al Assad and the Russians. In the course of the film, Waad al-Kateab falls in love, marries, and has a baby – all as bombs fall around them. You can learn more and watch this remarkable film at