36th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 25-29, 2023

The Cave

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Al Ghouta, Syria - Dr Amani (R) helps a young girl into the hospital. (National Geographic)

For the past eight years, the war in Syria has brought death and destruction to millions. Civilians live in constant fear of missile or chemical weapon attacks; for many, safety is found in an underground hospital known as The Cave. In this hidden expanse of tunnels, four female doctors serve alongside their male counterparts in roles that would be unthinkable in the deeply sexist culture that exists above. This moving and artistic film tells a story of strength, compassion, and hope like no other, bringing to light the horrors of a war raging worlds away. Introduction by Kirsten Gelsdorf (UVA)


Saturday, October 26


4:00 PM


PVCC Dickinson Center

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Film Info

Director: Feras Fayyad

Runtime: 95 min.

Year: 2019

Country: Syria, Denmark, Germany, USA, Qatar

Language: Arabic, English

Accessibility: Subtitles

Featuring: Dr. Amani Ballour, Samaher, Dr. Salim Namour, Dr. Alaa