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April 09, 2021

NEW: The CMU International Film Festival Presents: A virtual screening of the film "For Sama"!

Directed by Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts
Syria | 2019 | 84 min
When: April 10 - 16

Where: Online


How do people survive and care for one another in the midst of constant violence? For Sama is a gripping documentary about daily life in Aleppo during the war in Syria. The recipient of numerous international awards, it is based on the remarkable videos made by Syrian journalist, Waad Al-Kateab, as she volunteers at one of the few remaining hospitals, meets and marries one of the doctors there, and gives birth to their first daughter, Sama, all in the face of repeated bombings and fighting on the ground. The film is cast as a letter to Sama when she is older, intended to explain why her parents chose to remain so long in their home city as the violence and civilian deaths kept mounting around them


Tickets are on sale on April 8 and viewing goes until April 16. Viewers will have until April 16 to watch the film regardless of when the ticket was purchased. After the inital viewing of the film, viewers will have a 48-hour window to finish watching. 
You can register and purchase tickets for the film on our Eventive page. Tickets will be $5,
Register for the film and discussion in one easy step. You can sign up at no additional cost with the "Virtual Screening + Live Discussion" package.
2020 Festival Passes will also be honored for this event. 


Register here for the film!


Live Zoom Discussion!

When: Thursday, April 15
Where: Online

The CMU IFF invites you to a live discussion for the film For Sama.
This discussion will be FREE and open to the public.  Advance registration is required. Spots are limited, so register now!
Have Any Questions For the Live Discussion?
If you have any questions before the discussion on April 15, please feel free to write them in our form prior to the virtual event. These questions should be related to the topics of the film that the speakers can address during the discussion. We appreciate your time and participation in our live discussion. You can fill out the form here


Register here for the Live Discussion!

Almost Like the Real Thing!

The festival team has created an opportunity for anyone who would like to simulate a "real" festival event experience.  It’s called “Almost Like the Real Thing” and will take place on the evening of Thursday, April 15:
  • 4:20 pm (EST) - View For Sama  online (register here)
  • 6:00 pm (EST) Join a free live discussion on Zoom. Access to the discussion will not be restricted to people who participate in this simulation. However, advance registration is required and places will be limited. You can register for the discussion (register here).
We look forward to (virtually) seeing you there!

Register here for Almost Like the Real Thing!