For Sama: A Conversation with Filmmaker Waad al-Kateab

The Albright Institute and the Suzy Newhouse Center welcome filmmaker Waad al-Kateab to discuss her academy award-nominated film For Sama with Rachid Aadnani, senior lecturer in Middle Eastern studies and director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program at Wellesley College. For Sama documents the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria. Their conversation will cover the background and context of the film, highlighting the tenth anniversary of the ongoing conflict in Syria and the associated refugee crisis, with emphasis on the particular impacts on women/children.

View For Sama on PBS FRONTLINE.

Waad al-Kateab is a Syrian activist and award-winning filmmaker, whose debut feature film, For Sama, won a BAFTA for Best Documentary and received a nomination at the Academy Awards 2020. Waad, who lives in London with her family, works as a filmmaker/reporter for Channel 4 News, as a mentor for female journalists, and dedicates time to her advocacy campaign, Action For Sama.

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This event is being presented as part of the Wellesley College Middle Eastern Studies’ Jay R. Schochet Cultural Event Series and in collaboration with FRONTLINE PBS’ impact division which works to foster meaningful dialogue and engagement forums around vital social and political issues.



  • Rachid Aadnani, Senior Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies, Wellesley College
    I joined the Wellesley community in the summer of 2002 to teach Arabic language and literature and to help build a program for Middle Eastern Studies.
  • Waad al-Kateab, Syrian Filmmaker and Activist
    Waad al-Kateab is a Syrian activist and award-winning filmmaker.