Amidst air strikes and bombings, a group of female doctors in Ghouta, Syria struggle with systemic sexism while trying to care for the injured using limited resources.

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Feras Fayyad
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Amani Ballour ... Self
Salim Namour Salim Namour ... Self
Alaa Alaa ... Self
Samaher Samaher ... Self
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Director Feras Fayyad returns to his native, Wartorn Syria to follow a dedicated team of female doctors who tirelessly treat casualties in an underground hospital while battling systemic sexism. Shot from 2016 to 2018, The Cave belongs to the top rank of war films. Syrian director Feras Fayyad takes us to a subterranean landscape that feels akin to the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max (1979). With life too dangerous above ground, survivors create a network of secret tunnels under the city of Ghouta, near Damascus, for an underground hospital maintained by women doctors. In contrast to the many Syrian documentaries made from cellphone footage or shaky cameras, Feras Fayyad takes great care to visualize the landscape and its memorable occupants with artful cinematography. For anyone who feels jaded by Syria coverage, this work stands apart. The heart of the film is Dr. Amani, a young Syrian woman operating in unimaginable conditions with great humor and fortitude. When not tending to ... Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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Hope shines in the darkest places

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Documentary | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing war-related thematic content and images | See all certifications »

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The film won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program and Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. See more »

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Amani Ballour: The idea of moving underground was simple. As simple as the death lurking on the surface. The cause of that death is clear and simple too. As simple as the urge to survive. As a doctor, I've witnesses so many tragedies, so much suffering. So many lies. It made us search for a way to survive.
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Soundtracks

The Cave original song
Written by Alisar Hasan, Feras Fayyad
Vocals by Rasha Rizk
Produced by Mathew Herbert
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More than a great film, an extraordinary experience!
18 November 2019 | by swax-1See all my reviews

I urge you to see this great, great film. Despite the harrowing danger, the devastating destruction, this is one of the most uplifting films I've seen in years.


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Denmark | Germany | France | UK | USA | Qatar | Syria

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Arabic | English

Release Date:

18 October 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cave See more »

Filming Locations:

Syria See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,185, 20 October 2019

Gross USA:

$62,625

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$258,921
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Dolby Atmos

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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