First show: July 26
Awarded the Prix L’Œil d’Or for Best Documentary at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the SXSW Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize for International Feature Documentary at the Hot Docs Festival.
A feature documentary telling the astonishing story of 26-year old female Syrian filmmaker, Waad al-Kateab, who filmed her life in rebel-held Aleppo through five years of the Syrian uprising. She fell in love, got married to a doctor trying to keep the local hospital operating and had a daughter all while filming the violence raging around her and in particular documenting the challenges the conflict imposed on women and children. Along with a close group of friends, she stayed in the city to fight for her dream of a free Syria, a struggle that ended in their defeat and exile.
The film weaves together her intimate, emotive footage with her struggle to come to terms with the trauma she has witnessed. It’s an outstanding story, by turns beautiful, shocking, surprising and uplifting.
Waad is a symbol for our times, the epitome of a bold, brave woman prepared to risk her life for what she believes, in a year when women are finally becoming the heroes of their own stories. Hers is an epic tale of the survival of love and courage amid the cruelty of war.
Directed by Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts. UK. USA. Syria. In Arabic with English subtitles. DCP. 100 mins.
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