“For Sama” — a documentary telling the story of one woman’s journey through love, motherhood, war, and survival over five years of the Syrian conflict — was awarded the Golden Eye for Best Documentary at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival yesterday.
A special prize went to Patricio Guzman’s “The Cordillera of Dreams,” about the landscape and mysteries of his homeland Chile.
Both winners are automatically eligible for Oscar submission in the Best Documentary category.
Directed by Emmy award-winning filmmakers Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, “For Sama” chronicles the experiences of 26-year-old Syrian filmmaker al-Kateab — who filmed her life in the rebel-held city of Aleppo over a five-year period.
It’s the first time that a FRONTLINE documentary has been honored with the top documentary prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Following a theatrical release this summer, a broadcast version of “For Sama” is slated to premiere on PBS later this year.
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