Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts’s For Sama has won the audience award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).
The 95-minute, ITN Productions-made feature (pictured) chronicles the female experience of war by documenting the five-year journey of co-director al-Kateab as she navigates through love, marriage and motherhood during the revolution in Aleppo, Syria.
Along with the VPRO IDFA Audience Award win, For Sama took home a cash prize of €5,000 (US$5,508).
The winner of the Audience Award is determined by festival visitors who rank their appreciation for the film following each screening. In total, 27,812 individuals voted for the 166 films in contention for the top audience prize.
Following closely behind For Sama in second place was Feras Fayyad’s The Cave (9,573 votes). Ranking third through tenth were Alexander Nanau’s Collective (9,417), Sandra Beerends’ They Call Me Babu (9,314), Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska’s Honeyland (9,307), Hassan Fazili’s Midnight Traveler (9,292), Molly Stuart’s Objector(9,278), Réka Szabó′s The Euphoria of Being (9,196), Claudia Sparrow’s Máxima (9,134) and Yang Sun and S. Leo Chiang’s Our Time Machine (9,091).
The 2019 edition of the Dutch festival runs through until Dec. 1.