Documenting Syria: Health, Space, Activism

8th December 2021

This cultural event took place as part of the Syria Programme Symposium and was held on day three. A conversation with the pioneering documentary film director Waad Al-Kateab about her the multi award-winning documentary, ‘For Sama’ touching on the act of documenting war and violence, accessing public health during conflict, deconstruction/reconstruction of public and private spaces, and the role of the activist, among other topics.

‘For Sama’ captures an epic and intimate journey filmed through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria. Waad al-Kateab tells the story of how she fell in love, married, and gave birth to her daughter Sama.

Waad was in conversation with postcolonial and spatial studies scholar Dr Bahriye Kemal, researcher on social work and families Dr Maggie Grant, and Syrian feminist activist and novelist Hiba Ezzideen.