Best of 2019: The Cave


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sat, Dec 14, 2019 2:00 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sun, Dec 15, 2019 6:30 PM
Film Info
Runtime:95 min
Country Listing:Syria, Denmark, Germany, USA, Qatar
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Feras Fayyad


Oscar-nominated Syrian director Feras Fayyad (Last Men in Aleppo) returns with another monumental documentary, taking us underground in Ghouta, near Damascus, where a subterranean hospital known as “The Cave” offers much needed hope to citizens. Maintained by Dr. Amani Ballor and a team of female doctors given as much power as their male colleagues, the hospital contrasts starkly with the tumultuous patriarchal society directly above it. Working in daunting conditions, The Cave’s staff work tirelessly to serve their patients, save lives, and combat the inhumanity that surrounds and towers over them in this awe-inspiring portrayal of bravery and integrity.

In Arabic and English with English subtitles

Additional Information

Best of 2019: Here’s your last chance to see the 12 docs that kept us buzzing all year – we’re capping off the year with trailblazing musicians, seedy politics, true crime, a trashy magazine, and more.

Winner, Grolsch People's Choice Award, Documentary—TIFF 2019

“Allows viewers to bear witness to courage and dedication in their finest forms.” – Washington Post

“Beautifully shot documentary that's as stunning as the images are harrowing.” –