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Syrian director Waad al-Kateab on 'For Sama', a tale of humanity beyond war

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS
MIDDLE EAST MATTERS FRANCE 24
By: Sanam SHANTYAEI Follow | Camille FEVRIER | Patrick LOVETT | Sonia BARITELLO
14 min

"What a life I've brought you into. Will you ever forgive me?" That was the harrowing question that Waad al-Kateab asked her newborn daughter in a documentary, "For Sama", which has been shortlisted for an Oscar. The journalist and filmmaker recorded some 500 hours of footage, documenting Aleppo's violent and deadly siege at the hands of the Syrian regime and Russian forces. It's a visual letter about the human cost of the ongoing conflict, and it's dedicated to her daughter Sama. The director spoke to us about her tale of humanity beyond war.

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Also in this edition, Lebanon has been rocked by some of the worst violence since protests began two months ago. Over the past days, images have been pouring out of security forces using tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons against crowds. The opposition movement accuses the ruling elite of corruption and mismanagement, while continuing a call for an independent government.

And at least 304 people were killed in Iran during a crackdown against protests across the country back in November. That's according to Amnesty International, which published a new report earlier this week, also drawing attention to the arrest of thousands of protesters, as well as journalists, activists and students. Authorities in Iran, for their part, have yet to release any finalised statistics about the scale of the unrest.

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