This is Waad. I was 18 years old when I left my parents’ house to study at the University of Aleppo. My parents always said that I was bold, and sometimes reckless, but I never understood what they meant by that until I had a daughter, you.
The Syrian regime and its allies are besieging us in Aleppo, and we did not expect that the world would allow this. I am still photographing, and this is what gives my existence meaning, and gives me strength and patience over all the nightmares that we are experiencing. When I hear the sound of the Russian flying in the air, I feel that it is digging in my head. Yes, I fear that I will die, but what terrifies me the most is that I lose you.
I made this movie for you, Sama, I want you to understand why we made these choices, and what we were fighting for.
Below we review the Syrian documentary film “For Sama”, which won many prestigious international awards, and deals with the Syrian revolution from the inside through filming the events in Aleppo over several years of the revolution, taking the child Sama, her photographer mother, and her doctor father as the focus of the film’s events. The film has many human emotions, tragedies, joys, black comedy, feelings of love and fear along its path. It is directed by the Syrian media, Waad Al-Khatib, and the British director, Edward Watts.
The first days of the revolution, young people protesting in a large crowd at the university shouting some slogans calling for freedom and equality
University of Aleppo .. The birth of the Syrian revolution
Director Waad says: The dictatorship of the Assad family ruled Syria since my grandfather was twenty years old, but I was in the fourth year of economics when the revolution began, and the country was mired in corruption, injustice and oppression.
Scenes from the first days of the revolution appear in the film of young men drawing some revolutionary slogans on the walls and destroying some symbolic monuments of Hafez al-Assad, and others protesting in a large crowd at the university shouting some slogans calling for freedom and equality, and some of them raised the revolution’s flag, and in other scenes some security men were shown being beaten with their baton. Their feet were on some of the revolutionaries in the street, while the director was filming from inside a car and someone shouting, “Close the car door, don’t open the window,” in a state of panic and fear of the security men’s oppression.
Waad says: The regime denied the existence of the demonstrations, so filming by phone was the only way to show the world that we were fighting for our freedom, and at that time, Sama, all that mattered to us was the revolution.
One day in the first days of 2013, eastern Aleppo woke up to bodies dumped in the river, and a large number of people were killed in a brutal and vengeful manner and then thrown into the water. Aleppo then extracted them from the water and buried them in a large mass grave.
Doctor Hamza says: There are signs of torture on most of the bodies, and they were all handcuffed and most of them were killed by a direct shot to the head.
Hamza was among 32 doctors who remained in eastern Aleppo, and they were removing people from under the rubble after each bombing.
Hamza Al-Khatib … my revolution is more important than my marriage
Waad says: Hamza was one of my close companions, and he had graduated as a human doctor, and he used to help the injured in the demonstrations, and he always had a smile on his face that made me feel comfortable, whatever the circumstances, and I always photographed him because he was one of the few active doctors. One of us that our old life will be swept away.
Since the revolutionaries liberated the eastern part of the city of Aleppo, the regime has intensified its violence exponentially, and Hamza was among 32 doctors who remained in eastern Aleppo, so they were taking people out from under the rubble, and they had to do everything on their own, so there were no schools, first aid, or medical services. So Hamzah and his companions established a hospital, and Waad used to say in a sarcastic joke: “God remains for us Bashar al-Assad, who made us work in every job; pharmacy and construction work,” while some doctors used to draw some revolutionary drawings and paint them in the colors of the revolution’s flag, and this interspersed with some joking And drawing on the face, and some of them wrote on their face phrases of the slogans of the revolution.
I asked the photographer, and one of the doctors promised how he felt, and he had written the word “freedom” on his face, and he said: A beautiful and wonderful feeling, because I wrote freedom on my forehead.
Waad says: Hamza’s wife was pressuring him to immigrate outside Syria, and when he had to choose between his marriage and the revolution, he chose the revolution. As for me, Sama, your grandfather and grandmother were worried about me, but I was very excited, so I decided to stay.
All the volunteer doctors in the hospital were like a family, and they shared many details of their lives in the most difficult and difficult times, and also shared their first loss by losing two volunteer brothers who died in an air raid, and then a tank shell killed a third volunteer, the doctors in the movie appear as they watched him being carried to his shrine. the last one.