Young child holding "This is Aleppo" Sign in Rubble.

FOR SAMA: On the Frontline – A Female Perspective of the Syrian Conflict

Young child holding "This is Aleppo" Sign in Rubble.

Featuring: Sana Mustafa, Noor Ibrahim, Dana Sleiman

Moderated by

Lucy Westcott


Presented by



Time: FRIDAY, Sept 20th | 7.30PM
Location: Smorgasburg Beer Garden

FOR SAMA is the incredible story of Waad al-Kateab, a journalist/filmmaker who filmed her life for over five years during the conflict in Aleppo, Syria.

Waad documented her personal journey as she married a doctor who operated the only functioning hospital in their besieged area, gave birth to a daughter (Sama), and continued filming the cataclysmic events unfolding around her.

At its core, this film serves as a love letter from a young mother to her daughter, as Waad captures deeply moving scenes of love, laughter, loss, sacrifice, and survival. The critically acclaimed feature is a New York Times Critic’s Pick, winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s top documentary prize: L’Œil d’or, and has received best documentary and audience awards from SXSW, Nantucket Film Festival, Traverse City Film Festival, and more.

Join the post-screening discussion for insight into the Syrian conflict, the global refugee crisis, and human rights.

View the FOR SAMA Trailer


Lucy Westcott, James Foley Fellow, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

Sana Mustafa, Founder and manager of Sana Mustafa Consulting LLC and Syrian refugee

Noor Ibrahim, Journalist and former fellow at the Global Migration Project, Columbia University

Dana Sleiman, Senior Public Information Officer, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


FRONTLINE, U.S. television’s longest-running investigative documentary series, explores the most vital political and social issues of our times through powerful storytelling. FRONTLINE has won every major journalism and broadcasting award, including 91 Emmy Awards and 22 Peabody Awards.