The Cave

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Film Info
Program:New Releases
Human Rights
Women's Rights
Release Year:2019
Runtime:102 min
Festivals & Awards:Grolsch People's Choice Award - Toronto IFF
Audience Award - Camden IFF
Print Source:National Geographic Documentary Films
Director:Feras Fayyad
Executive Producer:Carolyn Bernstein
Ryan Harrington
Matt Renner
Eva Mulvad
Pernille Rose Grønkjær
Mikala Krogh
Sigrid Dyekjær
Producer:Kirstine Barfod
Sigrid Dyekjær
Cinematographer:Muhammed Khair Al Shami
Ammar Sulaiman
Mohammed Eyad
Screenwriter:Feras Fayyad
Alisar Hasan
Editor:Per Kirkegaard
Composer:Matthew Herbert
Filmography:Last Men in Aleppo (2017)


Oscar nominee Feras Fayyad (2017 MSPIFF Documentary Winner: Last Men in Aleppo) delivers an unflinching story of the Syrian war with his powerful new documentary, The Cave.

For besieged civilians, hope and safety lie underground inside the subterranean hospital known as The Cave, where pediatrician and managing physician Dr. Amani Ballor and her colleagues Samaher and Dr. Alaa have claimed their right to work as equals alongside their male counterparts, doing their jobs in a way that would be unthinkable in the oppressively patriarchal culture that exists above. Following the women as they contend with daily bombardments, chronic supply shortages, and the ever-present threat of chemical attacks, The Cave paints a stirring portrait of courage, resilience and female solidarity.

Over the past eight years, the war in Syria has spread death, destruction and horror across the country, costing hundreds of thousands of lives and displacing millions. In besieged Eastern Al Ghouta, incessant bombardment has turned the landscape into an eerie wasteland dotted with bombed-out buildings and piles of rubble. Going outside is a life-threatening proposition, but residential neighborhoods are targeted as indiscriminately as markets, schools and other places. Hospitals, medical centers and ambulances are also fair game for the Assad government and its Russian allies.

Safety and hope lie underground, where a brave group of doctors and nurses have established a subterranean hospital called the Cave. Under the leadership of a young female pediatrician, Dr. Amani Ballour, the Cave offers hope and healing to the sick and injured children and civilians of Eastern Al Ghouta. In a conservative patriarchal society that devalues women, Dr. Amani is frequently subject to hostility from men who refuse to see her as a capable physician. But Dr. Amani doesn’t back down, and inside the Cave, women have reclaimed their right to work as equals alongside their male counterparts. They risk their lives to save their patients and find ways to persevere in a world of cruelty, injustice and suffering. For Dr. Amani and her colleagues Samaher and Dr. Alaa, their battle is not only to survive but to maintain their dreams and hopes for their country and for women.


"Miraculous...A standout. Feras Fayyad’s powerful portrait audaciously puts women’s imperative contribution to survival front and center." - Tomris Laffly Variety

"Gripping. It will stick with you long after you leave the theater. It is as moving as it is possible for a film to be." - Andy Howell Film Threat


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