Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme (2020)

The Cave (2020)

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Feras Fayyad, the young Syrian documentary-maker who filmed Last Men in Aleppo (and was himself imprisoned and tortured by Bashar al-Assad’s regime), returns with a chilling, shaming film made over two years inside a Syrian hospital in Ghouta, the city besieged by the Syrian government for five years until 2018.

If there is a chink of hope here it’s Amani Ballour, the hospital’s manager, a paediatrician in her late 20s. “I know this life is tough. But it’s honest,” she says. Her deep sense of purpose is humbling – it carries her through hellish days treating dozens of bloodied and badly injured children. Her gentleness with patients is desperately moving, too.

To say The Cave would break anyone’s heart feels flimsy. Like Ballour, it has a purpose: to focus the world’s attention on the suffering of Syrian people.

Cath Clarke, The Guardian

It’s a beautifully shot documentary that’s as stunning as the images are harrowing.

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Film Title : The Cave
Language : arabia
Director : Feras Fayyad
Year : 2019
Length : 107
Age limit : K16
Format : DCP
Cinematographer : Mohammad Kheir, Ammar Suleiman, Mohammad Eyad
Editing : Per K. Kirkegaard, Denniz Göl Bertelsen
Producer : Kirstine Barfod, Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Production Company : Danish Documentary Production

Screenings :
Wed 29.1. at 21.15, Bio Rex
Fri 31.1. at 21.15, Bio Rex
Sun 2.2. at 13.30, Kinopalatsi 1
Sun 2.2. at 17.00, Orion