Director Feras Fayyad (Last Men in Aleppo) 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.


Oscar nominee Feras Fayyad (“Last Men in Aleppo”) delivers an unflinching story of the Syrian war with his powerful new documentary, The Cave. For besieged civilians, hope and safety lie underground inside the subterranean hospital known as the Cave, where pediatrician and managing physician Dr. Amani Ballor 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 paints a stirring portrait of courage, resilience and female solidarity.


“A stirring, tough, beautifully made documentary.” - The Hollywood Reporter

“An immensely humanist film” - Variety

“A nerve wracking thriller” - IndieWire


Director: Feras Fayyad

Cinematography: Mohammad Kheir, Ammar Suleiman, Mohammad Eyad

Editing: Per K. Kirkegaard, Denniz Göl Bertelsen

Executive Producers: Carolyn Bernstein, Ryan Harrington, Matt Renner, Eva Mulvad, Pernille Rose Grønkjær, Mikala Krogh, Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær

Producers: Kirstine Barfod, Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær

Production Company: Danish Documentary Production

Screenplay: Feras Fayyad, Alisar Hasan

Sound: Peter Albrechtsen


Filmmaker: Feras Fayyad
Country: Denmark, Syria, Germany, USA, Qatar
Year: 2019
Runtime: 95'
Format: HD



TIFF 2019 - People’s Choice Award for Documentary Feature

Camden International Film Festival 2019 - Audience Award

Nominated- Best Documentary Feature- Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

Nominated- Best Director- Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

Nominated- Best Cinematography- Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

Nominated- Best Score - Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

Nominated- Most Compelling Living Subjects of a Documentary- Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards


festival highlights

TIFF 2019

BFI London Film Festival 2019

Camden International Film Festival 2019

IDFA 2019

DOC NYC 2019