Bloody hell. Those are the two words that best describe my reaction to For Sama, when I saw it at this year’s Sheffield Doc|Fest. And never mind what we see on screen, it’s what happens after the cameras have stopped rolling that truly terrifies me the most. All that trauma, both collective and individual, how is that dealt with? Most likely, it’s not dealt with, which means hundreds of thousands of people - including children - living, trying to live, with a huge amount of unacknowledged pain, hurt and anger. There’s no circumstance under which this ends well which such scenarios end well, at least that is what twentieth century history has shown us, but maybe there is an opportunity to create new historical pathways. For Sama is a heroic propaganda film in my opinion, which does not make it any less powerful or accurate. Rather, it presents an accurate account of a certain type of experience; a version of a truth.