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Milan Records is honored to announce the soundtrack to the motion picture film For Sama by Nainita Desai, which released today alongside the film. The documentary is an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. 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 conflict rises around her. The soundtrack is now available and can be purchased through Milan Records.
"It's a guttural howl of a film. I wept. Afterwards I stood - mildly traumatized, like everyone around me - and clapped and clapped as Al-Kateab took to the stage. It's all we could do. Humbled as we were, by this film…" - Kevin
Maher, The Times.
For Sama has been the recipient of many sought after awards including Best Documentary at Cannes Film Festival, SXSW Best Documentary and Audience Awards, HOT DOCS Toronto Special Jury Prize, and Sheffield Doc Fest Audience Award.
"For Sama is certainly one of the most unique and important films I have ever been involved in", says Nainita Desai. "Working with the two directors Ed Watts, and Waad Al-Kateab, who filmed, produced, and lived through the uprising, I felt this extraordinary responsibility to do the film and Waad's life story justice, to tell the story through music in the most true and authentic way possible. Being involved in the edit for 18 months writing from a very early stage, I wrote a huge amount of music with a sound palette encompassing electronics, sound design, and orchestral elements with a touch of ethnicity. I must have watched the harrowing scenes thousands of times, and still find it incredibly emotional to watch; the footage has an incredible force, emotion and humanity to it that transcends all barriers."
1. July 2016 Under Siege
2. Student Protests
3. Grieve For The Dead
4. The Shelling Continue
5. Remain Strong
6. A New Life
7. Close To The Frontline
8. War Came To Us
9. Sama Is Born
10. The Miracle Baby
11. Who's Got Sama
12. Hundreds Injured
13. Allowed To Leave
14. The Escape
15. We Will Return
16. The Checkpoint
17. Hospital Bombing
18. Leaving Home
19. The Silence Of The City
20. For Sama End Credits
Working at the forefront of a new wave of artists, Nainita is a Bafta Breakthrough Brit, and has scored countless TV series and film scores for all the major broadcasters from the BBC to HBO and C4 to Netflix. She is a Music+Sound 2016 award winner for Best Feature Film Score, GOPO Romania Film Awards Nominee 2019 and NaturVision 2019 Winner for Best Film Score for Untamed Romania, RTS West Award 2019 Best Music
Nominee for landmark BBC NHU series Extraordinary Rituals. She is also a triple nominee and winner at the Music+Sound Awards 2019.
Nainita's recent feature releases include, WW2 thriller Enemy
Within, and psychological horror Darkness
Working in a wide range of musical genres, Nainita moves seamlessly between working with orchestras including the London Contemporary Orchestra (Phantom Thread, There Will Be Blood) and the BBC National
Orchestra of Wales, to ethnic influenced music utilizing her collection of custom made instruments from around the world, incorporating electronics, found sound and experimental sound design. She has also written songs which have led to collaborations with artists including Eivor (The Last Kingdom) and writing documentary musicals for the BBC including the acclaimed Mumbai High - The Musical.
Nainita's musical foundations are rooted in world music and documentary where she has forged an enviable reputation, working with leading film makers on numerous projects that have garnered OSCAR, BAFTA, EMMY, CANNES awards and nominations.
Nainita's career began as a sound designer on feature films for Bertolucci and Werner Herzog and as a music engineer for artistes including Peter