Sept. 10, 2019 – Human Rights Film Series: FOR SAMA


screening & discussion with

Sana Mustafa and Kathy Libal

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
4:00pm – 6:30pm

Konover Auditorium
Dodd Center

Join us for a special screening and discussion of the PBS Frontline documentary FOR SAMA.




FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her.

Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice – whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.

The film is the first feature documentary by Emmy award-winning filmmakers Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts.


Sana Mustafa is the Founder and Manager of Sana Mustafa Consulting LLC where she consults with different institutions such as Oxfam International, Open society Foundation, United Nations, WeWork, Tent Partnership for Refugees, and others on designing engagement projects related to refugees, refugees’ inclusion, and their political and humanitarian situation through design thinking approach.


Mustafa is an active public speaker and has spoken at the United Nations headquarters in New York, delivered a TED talk, spoke at National Press Club in Washington, D.C, Carnegie Endowment, the White House, Harvard Law School, Stanford, and at numerous other respected venues.


Mustafa is a founding member of The Network For Refugee Voices, a refugees led coalition working to increase refugees engagement with international community to pursue inclusive, sustainable, and effective refugee and immigration policy.


Mustafa is also a member of Syria’s first Syrian Women’s Political Movement, whose aim is to unite women from across professional fields and ethnic lines to ensure vision for women’s inclusion in a future Syria.


Mustafa finished her second undergraduate degree in Political Science as a full scholarship recipient from Bard College in NY. Mustafa has a degree in Business Administration from Damascus, Syria.”

Kathryn Libal, PhD, is Associate Professor of Social Work and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut and Director of the Human Rights Institute. Following her doctoral studies in cultural anthropology at the University of Washington, she taught women’s studies and anthropology at the University of Kansas for several years. Since 2007, she has taught at the School of Social Work and Human Rights Institute, specializing in human rights, social welfare and the state.


Her scholarship has focused on the Middle East and United States. She has published on women’s and children’s rights movements in Turkey and on the advocacy of international non-governmental organizations on behalf of Iraqi refugees. One aspect of her current scholarship examines the localization of human rights norms and practices in the United States, with a focus on social mobilization for the right to adequate food and housing. She is also involved in collaborative research with Scott Harding and S. Megan Berthold on voluntarism and refugee resettlement in the United States and Canada.


She is co-editor (with Shareen Hertel) of Human Rights in the United States: Beyond Exceptionalism (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and author (with Scott Harding) of Human Rights-Based Approaches to Community Practice in the United States (Spring, 2015). She also co-edited (with S. Megan Berthold, Rebecca Thomas, and Lynne Healy) Advancing Human Rights in Social Work Education (Council on Social Work Education Press, 2014).

Sponsored by:

Department of Digital Media and Design

Human Rights Institute

Huskies for Human Rights

Middle East Studies

Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Watch the trailer