THE CAVE
Feature Documentary | 95 minutes

This film played at HIFF 2019
on 10/11/2019
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Directed By
Feras Fayyad

Produced By
Kirstine Barfod
Sigrid Dyekjær


New York Premiere

2019 | Arabic/English | Syria/Denmark/Germany/USA/Qatar

Coming off his Academy Award-nominated documentary LAST MEN IN ALEPPO, director Feras Fayyad returns to his native Syria, a country still ravaged by an unrelenting war that has spared nothing in its destructive wake, not even the local hospitals. In his new documentary, Fayyad covers a hidden, underground hospital called The Cave, where a dedicated team of mostly female doctors and civilians is led by Dr. Amani, a young female pediatrician. Together, they risk their lives to provide medical care to the besieged local population, ignoring the entrenched conservative and patriarchal pressures in their way. Fayyad’s tender, observational documentary captures not only the tragedy surrounding the doctors, but also the beautiful moments of generosity, compassion, and kindness that glimmer brightly among the turmoil.