2019 Film Reviews – 56: For Sama [dir. Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts; 2019]

There are many moments during For Sama – a first-person documentary account of the recent history of Syria, with a particular focus on the siege of Aleppo – when you feel you have no right to be watching the events portrayed on screen. The intimacy is almost overwhelming – the unflinching portrayal of horror, of death, of birth, love, betrayal, anguish, the bravery (or folly? … Continue reading 2019 Film Reviews – 56: For Sama [dir. Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts; 2019]

2019 Film Reviews – 15: A Private War [dir. Matthew Heineman; 2018]

One of the lines that’s often used to describe the horrors of war is that it cuts lives short. Sadly, the words have almost become a cliche. But they are thrown into agonising relief by the tone and structure of A Private War, Matthew Heineman’s part-documentary-style, part-war-movie-like take on journalist Marie Colvin’s seemingly inexorable journey towards death in Homs. From the moment the movie begins, … Continue reading 2019 Film Reviews – 15: A Private War [dir. Matthew Heineman; 2018]