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Mobile Movies – ‘For Sama’ – Nominated for an Oscar in Best Documentary Category


The mobile phone continues to be adopted by mobile photographers as well as mobile cinematographers in the movie industry, particularly in the area of documentary. Noted for their high quality but also their small discreet platform, several of this year’s 2020 Academy Award Nominees, announced yesterday, 13 January 2020, used them to create films within the Best Documentary category.

This included the film, ‘For Sama‘ a film bursting with emotion, filmed in Syria over a period of five years, it specifically focusses on 2016, with the Assad regime fully supported by the Russian air force seemingly mindlessly bombing and crushing Aleppo, including hospitals and homes.

For Sama‘, is a film about the 26 year old Syrian filmmaker’s life within rebel controlled Syria. Waad al-Kateab started filming with her mobile phone for the first few years. The device allowing her to film covertly, which was essential during the ISIS controlled four months of 2013. Later, she moved to DSLR’s but never used any extraneous equipment for fear it would be destroyed.

Dedicated to her daughter, Sama, who was born during the period of filmmaking, this is a film that will tear at your heart and leave you marvelling at the quality.

You can view a clip of the movie below.

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By Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said.
Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London.
Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art.
Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK.
She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at:

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