The Cave (2019)


Amidst air strikes and bombings, a group of female doctors in Ghouta, Syria struggle with systemic sexism while trying to care for the injured using limited resources.


The Cave (Arabic: الكهف‎) is a 2019 Syrian-Danish documentary film directed by Feras Fayyad and written by Fayyad and Alisar Hasan. A companion piece to his earlier film Last Men in Aleppo, the film profiles Amani Ballour, a female doctor in Ghouta who is operating a makeshift hospital nicknamed “the Cave” during the Syrian Civil War. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on 05 September 2019.

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.


  • The film premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the People’s Choice Award for Documentaries.
  • The Cave was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 92nd Academy Awards.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Feras Fayyad.
  • Producer(s): Sigrid Dyekjaer and Kirstine Barfod.
  • Writer(s): Alisar Hasan and Feras Fayyad.
  • Music: Matthew Herbert.
  • Cinematography: Muhammed Khair Al Shami, Ammar Sulaiman, and Mohammad Eyad.
  • Editor(s): Denniz Gol Bertelsen and Per K. Kirkegaard.
  • Production: Danish Documentary Production and Hecat Studio.
  • Distributor(s): National Geographic Documentary Films (US).
  • Release Date: 05 September 2019 (Toronto International Film Festival).
  • Running Time: 95 minutes.
  • Rating: PG-13.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English and Arabic.

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