‘For Sama’ Tops British Independent Film Awards


By Pat Mullen

For Sama made history this weekend as the first documentary to win Best British Independent Film at the British Independent Film Awards. The powerful documentary by Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts also won the prizes for Best Director and Best Documentary, while Chloe Lambourne and Simon McMahon took home the award for Best Editing. For Sama is an intimate and urgent portrait of the revolution in Syria seen from the first person point of view of Al-Kateab as she documents the terror in Aleppo, recording images of the conflict at home while protecting her young daughter. For Sama previously won the Golden Eye Award at Cannes as well as Grand Jury Prizes and Audiences Awards at both SXSW and Sheffied, and a special jury prize at Hot Docs. It just won the VPRO Audience Award this weekend at IDFA.

Other BIFA winners included Oscar frontrunner RenĂ©e Zellweger for her performance as Judy Garland in Judy and Josh O’Connor for Only You in the categories of Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively. Armando Ianucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield won the most trophies by bringing home five awards including Best Screenplay. Get the full list of winners here.

Watch For Sama in full from PBS Frontline below: