By Alexandra Abumuhor
The horrors of civil war are explored in Waad Al-Kateab's Oscar-nominated documentary, For Sama.
Al-Kateab is a Syrian journalist and filmmaker who documented both Syria's violent siege and the birth of her daughter, Sama.
The documentary portrays an intimate journey into the female experience of war, the story of Waad al-Kateab's life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo.
Stunning and brilliant @waadalkateab wears the Syrian Revolution to the #Oscars. The Arabic poetry on her dress: “We dared to dream and we will never regret dignity.” @forsamafilm #hero pic.twitter.com/NvtPzLq1dD— Lina Sergie Attar (@AmalHanano) February 10, 2020
Director of the #Oscar-nominated @forsamafilm @waadalkateab will hit @theacademy red carpet tonight wearing a dress inscribed with a message: "We dared to dream, and we will not regret dignity." In our film, which is up for Best Documentary Feature, Waad documented five years of her life in Aleppo — capturing a rarely seen look at the Syrian conflict through the lens of a young mother. . You can watch Waad and @edwardwatts' "For Sama" at the link in our profile, and root for it tonight at the #Oscars! We're thrilled to share this honor with our partners at @channel4news @channel4 @itnproductions @pbs @pbsdistribution @wgbh, and good luck to all of tonight's nominees. . #oscars #oscars2020 #ForSama #ForSamaFilm @actionforSama #frontlinePBS #PBS #Documentary
For Sama won best documentary at the BAFTA film awards. Waad's documentary was also nominated for an Oscar for best documentary feature.
The 29-year old filmmaker was joined by her doctor husband Hamza al-Kateab and daughter Sama at the the 92nd Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California on February 09, 2020.
The mother of one wore a floor length pink gown with Arabic poetry that translates to "we dared to dream, and we will not regret dignity."
Al-Kataeb wasn't the only celebrity to use her gown as a political statement, as American actress Natalie Portman wore a black and gold Dior Haute Couture outfit with a special touch.
Embroidered in gold lettering on her cape were the last names of the female directors who were not nominated for their films: Scafaria, Wang, Gerwig, Diop, Heller, Matsoukas, Har'el and Sciamma.
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