The Cave

New York Times Critics' Pick
95 mins.
Directed by Feras Fayyad
PG-13
2019

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.

Shot from 2016 to 2018, Syrian director Feras Fayyad 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.

Winner of the Grolsch People's Choice Award at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.


"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." Ben Kenigsberg. A New York Times Critic's Pick!