The Cave

Feras Fayyad, Denmark, 2019

103 min.DK/Documentary

For the besieged Syrian 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 film paints a stirring portrait of courage, resilience and female solidarity.
Basic information Credits Materials
Original title The Cave
Danish title The Cave
Keywords Syria, Civil wars, Hospitals, Women, Doctors, Courage, 2010-2019
Director Feras Fayyad
Screenplay Alisar Hasan
Producer Kirstine Barfod, Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Director of Photography Muhammed Khair Al Shami, Ammar Sulaiman, Mohammad Eyad
Editor Per K. Kirkegaard, Denniz Göl Bertelsen
Sound Peter Albrechtsen
Composer Matthew Herbert
Production country Denmark, Syria, Germany, Qatar, United States
Domestic distribution Camera Film, Danske Filminstitut
International sales Dogwoof Ltd
Danish theatrical release 09.01.2020
Online release 02.03.2020, Filmcentralen
Comment Winner of the Grolsch People's Choice Documentary Award at Toronto Film Festival. The film is Feras Fayyad’s second documentary feature, following the Oscar-nominated 'Last Men in Aleppo' (2017) about Syria's White Helmets, which also took home top prizes at Sundance, CPH:DOX and the News and Documentary Emmy Awards, among others.
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15
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Production company Danish Documentary Production
Co-production Ma.Ja.De Filmproduktion, Hecat Studio Paris, Madam Films
With support from National Geographic Documentary Films, International Media Support, Det Danske Filminstitut
In collaboration with SWR, TV2 Danmark, Doha Film Institute, Sun Yat-sen Cultural Foundation, Doc Up Fund, Normandie for Peace
Domestic distribution Camera Film, Danske Filminstitut


Direction Feras Fayyad
Consultant Tómas Gislason
Consultant Victor Kossakovsky
Consultant Sebastian Klouborg


Screenplay Alisar Hasan
Co-writer Feras Fayyad


Producer Kirstine Barfod
Producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Executive producer Carolyn Bernstein
Executive producer Ryan Harrington
Executive producer Matt Renner
Executive producer Eva Mulvad
Executive producer Pernille Rose Grønkjær
Executive producer Mikala Krogh
Executive producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Co-producer Heino Deckert
Co-producer Chadi Abo
Co-producer Michelle Stapleton
Production manager Tobias Vestergaard
Production manager Liva Presscott
Post Producer Cecilie Byder
Producer's assistant Josef Riel Mahmud
Associate producer Kasper Lykke Schultz
Production assistant Camille Bildsøe
Production assistant Signe Høi
Production assistant Karina Bernaur
Post-production supervisor Anders V. Christensen


Cinematographer Muhammed Khair Al Shami
Cinematographer Ammar Sulaiman
Cinematographer Mohammad Eyad
Underwater cinematographer Kjetil Astrup
DIT Frederik Münchow


Still photographer Stine M. Heilmann


Editor Per K. Kirkegaard
Editor Denniz Göl Bertelsen
Editor: development Olivia Neergaard-Holm
Assistant editor Maja Bugge
Assistant editor Troels Hansen
Assistant editor Peter Jensen
Assistant editor Jeppe Hansen
Assistant editor Anders Kløverpris


Composer Matthew Herbert
Music supervisor Mikkel Maltha
Musical consultant Louise Højgaard Johansen


Sound designer Peter Albrechtsen
Re-recording mixer Lars Ginzel
Re-recording mixer Tim Nielsen
Sound effect editor Rana Eid
Sound effect editor Mikkel Nielsen
Sound effect editor Lars Halvorsen
Sound effect editor Thomas Pape
Sound supervisor Lars Ginzel
Dialogue editor Theodora Flygt
Foley artist Heikki Kossi
Foley mixer Kari Vähäkuopus
Foley mixer Anne Tolkkinen
ADR editor Charlotte Munck
ADR editor Fares Helou
Dialogue editor Jaques Pedersen

Visual effects

VFX supervisor Anina Tang
Lightning Johan Erenius
VFX supervisor Per K. Kirkegaard
Technical assistant Martin Munck Schmidt
Colourist Sandra Klass


Art director Uffe Rønne Wagner
Lead animator Troels Brusen

Other credits

Diver Henrik Dahl

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Reviews and articles

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Type Source Author Date
Interview Politiken-Fonden Søndergaard, Bo 2019-12-29
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