The Cave

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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.


  • Amani Ballour
  • Salim Namour
  • Alaa
  • Samaher

Did You Know?


  • The Cave was shortlisted for the Documentary Feature Oscar, but director Feras Fayyad was denied a visa to the United States to attend events to promote his film.


    • Amani Ballour: The idea of moving underground was simple. As simple as the death lurking on the surface. The cause of that death is clear and simple too. As simple as the urge to survive. As a doctor, I've witnesses so many tragedies, so much suffering. So many lies. It made us search for a way to survive.
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3.0 out of 5


Oct 17, 2019

What emerges in Fayyad’s gripping underground triage documentary is a compelling picture of compassion, grit, and feminist righteousness in Dr. Amani Ballor

Metacritic review by Robert Abele
Robert Abele
Sep 10, 2019

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.

Metacritic review by Caryn James
Caryn James
The Hollywood Reporter
Sep 10, 2019

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.

Metacritic review by Steve Pond
Steve Pond