2019 | Documentary | 95 minutes | English and Arabic with English subtitles
The filming of this documentary takes place in the underground tunnels beneath the town of Ghouta, located on the outskirts of Damascus. It has become the last-resort hospital for the children injured and gassed in the Syrian conflict. The doctors and nurses, headed by Dr. Amani Ballour, do their best. But the hospital’s supplies and food begin to dwindle. The injuries coming to the hospital increase. There is starvation and surgeries are performed without anesthesia. The situation appears hopeless. But these heroic doctors and nurses are relentless. They feel it’s their job to keep one more child from dying.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 98%
- Metacritic Score: 84
Toronto International Film Festival: Winner, People’s Choice Award for Documentaries
The Cave was selected as a New York Times Critic’s Pick
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Director Feras Fayyad looks to a group of selfless heroes to tell the story of Syria that doesn’t always make international news. Beyond the human need to hear and see these stories, it’s a beautifully shot documentary that’s as stunning as the images are harrowing. In a sea of so much tragedy, it’s a marvel to stop and consider each individual’s experience fighting the tide.
Entering the theater at a timely moment, THE CAVE, is a frightening immersion in life under siege in Syria that, as difficult as it often is to watch, can’t come close to replicating how harrowing it must have been. There is no endgame here; the doctors can only do their best as the situation grows worse.
This powerful, immensely moving documentary follows the courageous medical staff who must treat injured children as bombs fall around them. Feras Fayyad, a young Syrian documentary-maker who was himself imprisoned and tortured by Bashar al-Assad’s regime, returns with a chilling, shaming film made over two years inside a Syrian hospital in Ghouta. It was the city besieged by the Syrian government for five years. To say THE CAVE would break anyone’s heart feels flimsy. Like Dr. Ballour, it has a purpose: to focus the world’s attention on the suffering of the Syrian people.
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