When she showed the film to her friends, says Watts, Al-Kateab felt comfortable.
“I'm so surprised, as are many people around me who lived through that experience, at how balanced we are.
But of course at the same time you think, 'Now I'm living here, I need to start my new life, with the kids, nursery...' Everything seems easy.
Which ordinarily would suggest that she may well have PTSD, but she says it’s because the film is keeping her ensconced in it all.
“After I left Aleppo, we started doing the film, every day working on the same material.
Sama, now three and a half, might be suffering from PTSD herself, Hamza has said, as she’s also been suffering nightmares.
She’s seen the film many times over via osmosis - for two years Al-Kateab tinkered with it on her laptop, and when she sees herself on screen she shouts her name.