The Cave

PRESENTED BY: Meaningful Movies in Kirkland
7:00 PM, Friday, January 17, 2020 PST
Location: Kirkland, WA (click for map)

Oscar nominee Feras Fayyad (“Last Men in Aleppo”) delivers an unflinching story of the Syrian war with his powerful new documentary, “The Cave.” For besieged civilians, hope and safety lie underground inside the subterranean hospital known as the Cave, where pediatrician and managing physician Dr. Amani Ballour and her colleagues Samaher and Dr. Alaa have claimed their right to work as equals alongside their male counterparts, doing their jobs in a way that would be unthinkable in the oppressively patriarchal culture that exists above. Following the women as they contend with daily bombardments, chronic supply shortages and the ever-present threat of chemical attacks, “The Cave” paints a stirring portrait of courage, resilience and female solidarity.


  • “The Cave is one of the most necessary films of the year. As events unfold in the news, it is also perhaps the most timely.” – THE DAILY BEAST
  • “I’ve rarely seen a more inspiring figure in a movie.” – CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
  • “It’s a beautifully shot documentary that’s as stunning as the images are harrowing.” – ROGEREBERT.COM
  • “A moving, beautifully humanistic story whose inevitable hardships are laced with real hope and levity.” – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
  • “A compelling picture of compassion, grit, and feminist righteousness.” – THE WRAP
  • “Miraculous…A standout. Feras Fayyad’s powerful portrait audaciously puts women’s imperative contribution to survival front and center.” – VARIETY
  • “Emotionally Moving…extraordinary visual grace…both intensely real and a carefully wrought work of cinema.” – THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
  • “Look no further than The Cave for a portrait of true heroism. Provides astonishingly immediate and gripping footage of the collective effort to survive. The Cave ranks among the best of films to portray the tragedy of the Civil War in Syria and the resilience of the everyday people who keep the spirit of the nation alive.” – POV
  • “Gripping. Unprecedented. A real-time thriller…Fayyas excels at finding small moments that take on poetic resonance.” – INDIEWIRE
  • “Gripping. It will stick with you long after you leave the theater. It is as moving as it is possible for a film to be.” – FILM THREAT

Release Year: 2019

Running Time: 1 hour 42 minutes

Director: Feras Fayyad

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