CAST: Amani Ballour, Salim Namour DIRECTOR: Feras Fayyad TUESDAY FILM SERIES | FREE SCREENING
Director Feras Fayyad 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. Shot from 2016 to 2018, The Cave belongs to the top rank of war films. Syrian director Feras Fayyad takes us to a subterranean landscape that feels akin to the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max (1979). 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. In contrast to the many Syrian documentaries made from cellphone footage or shaky cameras, Feras Fayyad takes great care to visualize the landscape and its memorable occupants with artful cinematography. For anyone who feels jaded by Syria coverage, this work stands apart.
1 Academy Award nomination:
Best Documentary Feature
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A raw, urgent film about one of the great humanitarian crimes of our times, made all the starker for the utter lack of a global response.Christopher Machell, CineVue
Like Ballour, it has a purpose: to focus the world's attention on the suffering of Syrian people.Cath Clarke, Guardian