For Sama, directed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, and Asif Kapadia’s Diego Maradona, will compete against US docs American Factory, Apollo 11 and The Great Hack in the Best Doc category at the 2020 Baftas.
For Sama is the first documentary of 26-year-old citizen journalist Waad al-Kateab, and is dedicated to her newborn daughter: “I need you to understand why your father and I made the choices we did, what we were fighting for.” With a simple digital camera, she documents the Syrian uprising against Assad in the rebel stronghold of Aleppo, from the beginning to the forced evacuation at the end of 2016.
Diego Maradona screened out of competition at Cannes 2019. Using never before seen archival footage, the film is a chronicle of the footballer’s professional career at Barcelona and then Napoli, where he won the Italian Serie A and UEFA Cup. The film grossed $2.6 million worldwide in 2019.
American Factory is directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, and concerns the Chinese company Fuyao’s factory in Moraine, a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, that occupies Moraine Assembly, a shuttered General Motors plant.
Apollo 11, produced, directed and edited by Todd Douglas Miller charts the 1969 space mission which culminated in the first moon walk.
The Netflix film The Great Hack, produced and directed by Jehane Noujaim and Karim, details the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica involvement in the 2016 Brexit and US election campaigns.
The Baftas will take place on Sunday, February 2 2012 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
For Sama, American Factory, Apollo 11 and The Great Hack are on the 15-film long list in the 2020 Oscars documentary feature category. The final shortlist of films will be announced January 13 ahead of the Academy Awards awards ceremony February 9 2020.