THE CAVE

THE CAVE

2019 (USA) 107 minutes
Directed by: Feras Fayyad

Director Feras Fayyad returns to his native, Wartorn Syria to follow a dedicated team of female doctors who treat casualties in an underground hospital while battling systemic sexism. Shot from 2016 to 2018, the film takes us to a subterranean landscape that feels akin to the post-apocalyptic.  With life too dangerous above ground, survivors create a network of secret tunnels under the city for an underground hospital maintained by women doctors. Great care is taken to visualize the landscape and its memorable occupants with artful cinematography. 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 patients – many of whom are small children – she’s forced to justify her work to chauvinistic men who insist that a woman should be at home fulfilling domestic duties, not running a hospital.

Nominated for Academy Award – Best Documentary 2020
Winner – Primetime Emmy Award
Winner – Toronto Film Festival

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