In the dying days of Syria's Battle of Aleppo, Waad al-Kateab feared she wouldn't survive the bombings that were ravaging the city, and decided to record a message for her daughter. For Sama is a pure love letter that retraces the director's life over the five-year uprising in Aleppo. Five years in which the young woman fell in love, got married, and gave birth to Sama, while an increasingly violent war raged on in the background.
Shot by shot, Waad al-Kateab leads us towards Aleppo's tragic destiny, from its students' heady optimism in the 2012 revolution, to the government's ferocious attacks in 2016. Positioning herself as a spokesperson for the thousands of Syrians who, like her, are fighting for survival in a war-torn city, the director reveals the unbearable choice she finds herself facing: to leave Aleppo to secure her daughter's future, or to stay behind and continue the fight for freedom she has sacrificed so much for.