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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

The Cave

2019, Feras Fayyad, Syria/Denmark/Germany, 103 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Nov 1st 4:00pm
  • Fri, Nov 1st 8:00pm
  • Sat, Nov 2nd 3:00pm
  • Sun, Nov 3rd 5:00pm
  • Mon, Nov 4th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Nov 5th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Nov 6th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Nov 7th 8:00pm
Chicago premiere!

“A real-time thriller…excels at finding small moments that take on poetic resonance.”—Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“Stirring, tough, beautifully made…intensely real and a carefully wrought work of cinema.”—Caryn James, Hollywood Reporter

Women are front and center in this brave and powerful new documentary from the Oscar-nominated director of LAST MEN IN ALEPPO. With the Syrian conflict in full force, THE CAVE focuses on a subterranean hospital under the city of Ghouta, near Damascus. Managing this war-torn facility, situated in a series of labyrinthine dirt-walled tunnels, is 29-year-old pediatrician, Dr. Amani Ballor. Amid incessant shelling overhead, under a landscape so ravaged as to be uninhabitable, the doctor and her largely female staff treat horrific wounds and the panic of the city’s trapped population. Tragedies and hard-won triumphs are shaded by the daily struggle against the culturally-based prejudice of male patients that women belong in the home. Working with a team of seasoned cinematographers, director Fayyad creates a vivid, character-based chronicle of dedication and heroism with an unprecedented you-are-there quality. In Arabic and English with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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