"For Sama" receives Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature

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The documentary aired on PBS stations following a theatrical release earlier in the year. The documentary is available to stream now. "For Sama" was produced by Channel 4 News and ITN Productions for Channel 4 and Frontline (PBS).

“We are deeply humbled to be nominated by the Academy,” say directors Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts. “We hope that For Sama will remind people that we are all human and want the same things – love, happiness and safety — and that this film will continue to raise awareness to the dire humanitarian crisis in Syria. We share this honor with our partners at Channel 4, Channel 4 News, FRONTLINE, ITN Productions and PBS Distribution.”

“Waad humanizes the experience of war in a way that we can all relate to. She offers a rare look at what it means to be a mother living in a warzone” says FRONTLINE’s Executive Producer, Raney Aronson-Rath. “We are so proud of Waad and Ed and thrilled to see the film recognized
by the Academy with this nomination." 


“Three years ago, we thought Waad would not make it out of Aleppo alive. Today she has been nominated for an Academy award- together with director Edward Watts and the For Sama team,” says Nevine Mabro, deputy editor of Channel 4 News. “All of us at Channel 4 News, Channel 4 and ITN Productions could not be prouder of her and this incredible achievement. It is a very special day and a great day for journalism.”
This is the first Academy Award nomination for both Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, and the second academy award nomination for FRONTLINE.


The 92nd Academy Awards nominations were announced today by the Academy. This year’s Oscars ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 9.

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