The Cave (2019 Syrian film)

The Cave (Arabic: الكهف‎) is a 2019 Syrian-Danish documentary film directed by Feras Fayyad and written by Fayyad and Alisar Hasan.[3] A companion piece to his earlier film Last Men in Aleppo,[4] the film profiles Amani Ballour, a female doctor in Ghouta who is operating a makeshift hospital nicknamed "the Cave" during the Syrian Civil War.[5] The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 5, 2019.

The Cave
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Film poster
Directed byFeras Fayyad
Produced bySigrid Dyekjær
Kirstine Barfod
Written byAlisar Hasan
Feras Fayyad
StarringAmani Ballour
Music byMatthew Herbert
CinematographyMuhammed Khair Al Shami
Ammar Sulaiman
Mohammad Eyad
Edited byDenniz Göl Bertelsen
Per K. Kirkegaard
Danish Documentary Production
Hecat Studio
Distributed byNational Geographic Documentary Films (United States)
Release date
  • September 5, 2019 (2019-09-05) (TIFF)
Running time
95 minutes
Box office$191,703[1][2]

In an interview, Fayyad said his purpose in making the film was to create documentary evidence that could be used to seek justice for innocent victims of the civil war. "The film should put people in an uncomfortable position to look through the terrible reality around us," he said.[6]

Reception and nominationsEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 97% with an average rating of 8.34/10, based on 61 reviews. The site's consensus states that "A hard-hitting documentary with imagery as powerful as its message, The Cave poses heartbreakingly urgent questions -- and leaves them for the viewer to answer." [7]

The film premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the People's Choice Award for Documentaries.[8]

The Cave won the Most Valuable Documentary Award of Year 2020 at the 19th Cinema for Peace's Gala.[9]

The Cave was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 92nd Academy Awards.[10]


  1. ^ "The Cave (2019)". Box Office Mojo., Inc. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
  2. ^ "The Cave (2019)". The Numbers. IMDb. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
  3. ^ Brent Lang, "With ‘The Cave,’ ‘Last Men in Aleppo’ Director Feras Fayyad Returns to Syria to Find a Hero". Variety, September 6, 2019.
  4. ^ Caryn James, "'The Cave': Film Review | TIFF 2019". The Hollywood Reporter, September 5, 2019.
  5. ^ Tomris Laffley, "Toronto Film Review: ‘The Cave’". Variety, September 5, 2019.
  6. ^ Mac Cameron (October 28, 2019). "In a bunker hospital in Syria, a director made it 'his mission' to document the plight of innocent civilians". Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  7. ^ The Cave (2019), retrieved January 30, 2020
  8. ^ Jessica Wong, "TIFF 2019: Jojo Rabbit captures TIFF People's Choice Award". CBC News, September 15, 2019.
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  10. ^ "Oscars 2020 nominations: Full list of nominees including Joker, Little Women and Jojo Rabbit". Telegraph. January 13, 2020.

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