Heartland Film Presents: FOR SAMA

December 3, 2019, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Heartland Film, Outside the Box [Office], PBS Distribution, Channel 4, and FRONTLINE,
invite you and a guest to attend a special screening of


For Sama

Directed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts
Produced by Waad al-Kateab

Followed by a Skype Q&A with Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



WINNER - Best Documentary Feature
and Richard D. Propes Social Impact Award
28th Heartland International Film Festival

WINNER - Best Documentary - 2019 Cannes Film Festival
WINNER - Doc Grand Jury Prize - 2019 SXSW Film Festival
WINNER - Audience Award - 2019 SXSW Film Festival
WINNER - Jury Prize - 2019 HotDocs Film Festival

Just named the $15,000 Grand Prize for Best Documentary Feature and Richard D. Propes Social Impact Award Winner at the 28th Heartland International Film Festival, FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. Directors Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts will join the audience for a video chat Q&A to follow the screening of this powerful, award-winning documentary with major award season buzz (IDA nominations, DOC NYC Short List).

About For Sama

For Sama is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her. Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice – whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.

The film is the first feature documentary by Emmy award-winning filmmakers, Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts.

Provided courtesy of PBS Distribution, Channel 4, and FRONTLINE. Not rated. Running time: 100 minutes. In Arabic and English, with English subtitles.

Visit the Official Website: http://www.ForSamaFilm.com
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About Heartland Film

Heartland Film is best known for its Academy Award®-qualifying Indy Shorts International Film Festival and Heartland International Film Festival events in Indianapolis. Since 1992, Heartland Film has awarded $3.5 million in cash prizes to independent filmmakers, the largest ongoing amount of any North American festival. Heartland Film is currently on a 5-year short film Academy Award® winning streak; since 2011, 7 short films programmed at Heartland have gone on to win Academy Awards® with a total of 19 nominations. The organization has signed onto the 5050x2020 Parity Pledge guaranteeing at least 50% of its festival lineups will be directed by female filmmakers by 2020. Artistic Director Greg Sorvig is also short film screener for the Tribeca Film Festival and recently served as a 2019 Art Works II grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. Senior Programmer Julia Ricci is an Emmy® Award-nominated researcher who has worked with Turner Classic Movies and The Criterion Collection’s streaming service FilmStruck.

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About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain.

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $14.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu