From Oscar-nominated director Feras Fayyad (“Last Men in Aleppo”) comes The Cave, a stirring portrait of courage, resilience and female solidarity. For besieged civilians in war-torn Syria, hope and safety lie underground inside the subterranean hospital known as the Cave, where pediatrician and managing physician Dr. Amani Ballour 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 delivers an unflinching look at the Syrian war and some of its most unlikely heroes.
Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking
Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program – Feras Fayyad
Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program
Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program
"Fayyad and his cinematographers and editors wield the cameras and shape the scenes in the documentary so beautifully that The Cave is both intensely real and a carefully wrought work of cinema."
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"One of the best movies of the year"
THE NEW YORK TIMES, LOS ANGELES TIMES, NPR, THE WASHINGTON POST
"Watching Ballour fight until she can fight no more is an impossibly inspirational, daily act of nobility. Multifaceted, engrossing, absolutely invaluable filmmaking on every level."
"It's a beautifully shot documentary that's as stunning as the images are harrowing."
"The Cave ranks among the best of films to portray the tragedy of the Civil War in Syria and the resilience of the everyday people who keep the spirit of the nation alive."
"Energetically embedding viewers within a chaotic world through the photography of cinematographers Mohammed Eyad, Muhammed Khair Al Shami and Ammar Suleiman, all of whom shoot the film with impressive assurance and profound intimacy."
"I've rarely seen a more inspiring figure in a movie."
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
Directed by Feras Fayyad
Produced by Kirstine Barfod
Produced by Sigrid Dyekjær
Written by Alisar Hasan, Feras Fayyad
Cinematography by Muhammed Khair Al Shami, Ammar Suleiman, Mohammed Eyad
Executive Producer Carolyn Bernstein
Executive Producer Ryan Harrington
Executive Producer Matt Renner
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