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The Cave(غار)

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Syria, Denmark, Germany · 2019
Rated PG-13 · 1h 35m
Director Feras Fayyad
Starring Amani Ballour, Salim Namour
Genre Documentary

In war-torn Syria, a dedicated team of female doctors tirelessly treat casualties in an underground hospital while battling systemic sexism. Dr. Amani Ballour and her colleagues work to provide hope and safety within their subterranean hospital in a way that would be unthinkable in the patriarchal society above ground.

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Film Threat by Andy Howell

It will stick with you long after you leave the theater. It is as moving as it is possible for a film to be.


The New York Times by Ben Kenigsberg

Entering theaters 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 to film.


The Hollywood Reporter by Caryn James

Fayyad and his cinematographers and editors wield the cameras and shape the scenes in the documentary so beautifully that The Cave is both intensely real and a carefully wrought work of cinema. A kind of counterpart to Last Men, the new film is perhaps more wrenching and even more ambitious in its visuals.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

It’s a frantic, unnerving window into Syria’s collapse, and a nerve-wracking thriller that alternates between acts of courage and utter despair; through that paradox, it captures the struggles on the ground in intimate detail.


Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

The Cave reminds us of the horrors of a situation we have perhaps become numb to and shows us the unforgettable people who don’t have that luxury.


Slant Magazine by Pat Brown

Its depiction of the perpetual terror of living in a war zone will stick with viewers long after The Cave’s doctors have left Ghouta.


Movie Nation by Roger Moore

The grace notes don’t obscure the ugly situation we’re shown here. It’s not compact, perfectly organized film, but The Cave is an honest fly-on-the-wall/cinema verite portrait of a place and a couple of the people working in it.


TheWrap by Steve Pond

Fayyad’s cameras roam freely through the hospital and paint an intimate picture of the facility in which many of the patients are indeed children who’ve grown up under the shadow of warplanes. The footage of injured children and malnourished babies is wrenching and hard to watch, to the point where you wonder how Dr. Amani and her colleagues can fail to succumb to hopelessness and rage.