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For Sama - Buddy Film Night@Rialto

There is heavy fighting in Aleppo. This poses a very difficult dilemma for journalist Waad al-Kataeb and her husband, doctor Hamza. Al-Khateab captures it with her camera.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

Filmmakers and creatives who have fled their countries and landed in the Netherlands - how do you ensure that they find their place here, that they are offered a creative outlet? The Buddy film Project Foundation offers a platform and a network to help them with this - with Buddy Film Casting and Buddy Film Productions.

During the second Buddy Film Night in Rialto, everyone is welcome to get to know each other, learn about the Buddy Film project and watch some beautiful films. The proceeds go to the project.

At 18.30 everyone is welcomed with coffee / tea and Arabian pastry, after which the program starts with one short film. Then the main film: For Sama by Waad al-Khateab & Edward Watts, which earned the Award for Best Documentary at the Cannes film festival.

The host of the evening is Riom Soumete, editor, reporter, producer and The Buddy Film Project employee.

For Sama

Monday January 20 with English subs at 7:15 pm

In the Syrian city of Aleppo, the young journalist Waad al-Kataeb and doctor Hamza fall in love. They get married and have a beautiful baby: Sama. These are tough times though, as Aleppo has become the battlefield of insurgents fighting against President Assad's troops. The city is bombed, the number of casualties is high. Hamza has set up an emergency hospital, which then too is the target of a bombing raid. The young family faces a terrible dilemma: should they flee to ensure the safety of their daughter or should they stay to keep supporting the fight for freedom?

While the city around her is burning, Al-Khateab captures the most incredible stories with her camera, intended as a letter to her daughter. The footage is as intimate as it is heart-breaking.

Short film: 

Before I Forget
Razan Hassan | Germany | 2018 | 11' |  Arabis, English spoken | English subtitles
An autobiographical exploration following the journey Razan Hassan made from Syria to the Netherlands.