Director - Feras Fayyad
Script - Alisar Hasan, Feras Fayyad
Camera - Salama Abdo, Mohammad Eyad, Muhammed Khamir Al Shami, Ammar Suleiman
Music - Matthew Herbert
Cast - Amani Ballour, Salim Namour
Producers - Kirstine Barfod, Sigrid Dyekjær
Production - Danish Documentary Production

Syrian director Feras Fayyad (Oscar-nominated for Last Men in Aleppo) takes us to a subterranean landscape that feels akin to the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max. 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.
Fayyad's intimate portraits of the brave, tenacious hospital staff emphasize the camaraderie that buoys morale when circumstances are at their worst. There are many scenes in The Cave that can break your heart, yet the film leaves us, above all, with a powerful sense of the profound resilience, dedication, and love that endures in the midst of staggering hardship.

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Oscar ’20 – Nomination for Best Documentary Feature Toronto ’20 – Grolsch People's Choice Award - Documentary