A mother, a baby and a war zone – ‘profoundly moving’ documentary wins film awards

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Waad al-Kateab and Sama, who was born during the Syrian conflictImage copyrightCourtesy of ITN Productions & Channel 4 News
Image caption Waad al-Kateab and Sama, who was born during the Syrian conflict

For Sama, a documentary about a young mother’s experience of the Syrian civil war, has won the top prize at the British Independent Film Awards.

For Sama picked up four Bifas including best British independent film.

The movies it beat to that prize included Armando Ianucci’s Charles Dickens-inspired film The Personal History of David Copperfield.

Ianucci’s film, which stars Dev Patel, won five Bifas including best supporting actor for Hugh Laurie.

Speaking at Sunday’s ceremony, Patel, who was nominated for best actor, said the film industry was at the “beginning of a movement” regarding colour-blind casting.