'For Sama' -- two parents document the Syrian conflict for their children

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Photo: Gilad Cohen

Welcome back the The Hum as they begin their fall season of podcasts on rabble.ca.

On today's program: 

The Syrian crisis is an issue we're all aware of, but very few of us have a clear understanding of what exactly is happening. Long before the rise of ISIS, Syria was in the midst of protests because of President Bashar al-Assad's anti-democratic practices and efforts to suppress opposition.

It was in the middle of this conflict where Waad, an aspiring journalist and filmmaker, and Hamza al-Kateab, a doctor, began their relationship and had two children. Even as Assad's regime escalated to bombing the city of Aleppo, Hamza helped run the one active hospital in all of Aleppo while Waad documented everything she could.

While they were forced to leave in 2016 for their family's personal safety, Waad wanted to make sure that she gave her infant daughter and the world a better understanding as to why they left. This resulted in For Sama, an emotionally devastating film that gives its audience a first-hand look into the last six years in Syria and a testament to the sacrifices made by activists.

Waad, Hamza, and For Sama co-director Edward Watts join Gilad Cohen and special guest host Andrea Rodriguez to discuss why they needed to make this film, the conflicting information about Syria, and finding love within activism.

Download the episode transcript here.

Hosted by Gilad Cohen (Founder, JAYU) and Andrea Rodriguez, produced and edited by Brandon Fragomeni and Alex Castellani. Associate Producer: Ron Ma.

Image: Gilad Cohen.

Theme music created for The Hum by Jeff Morrow.

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