National Geographic Adds ‘The Cave’ to Crowded Documentary Oscar Race — Exclusive

IndieWire | 6/24/2019 | Staff
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National Geographic has added Feras Fayyad’s “The Cave,” the latest non-fiction effort from the director of the Oscar-nominated “Last Men in Aleppo,” to its 2019 feature documentary slate. The new film will be released in theaters this fall and compete in an increasingly crowded documentary feature field for the Oscar.

“The Cave” unveils the harrowing true story of an underground Syrian hospital and the team of civilians and medical professionals led by women who risk their lives to provide medical care to the besieged local population.

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The film follows 30-year-old Dr. Amani, an aspiring pediatrician forced to end her studies and medical training due to the war in Syria, as she becomes the appointed leader of a team of 130 medical practitioners in the secret hospital serving the 400,000 civilians of the besieged city of Al Ghouta from 2012 to 2018. Due to the nonstop onslaught of conventional and chemical warfare, brutalized and displaced victims constantly flood the subterranean haven through secret entrances and tunnels. Despite the limited supply of medical resources, Dr. Amani and her team work tirelessly to restore health and hope.

The film is produced in partnership with the team at Danish Documentary (producers are Kirstine Barfod and Sigrid Dyekjær, with executive producers Eva Mulvad, Pernille Rose Grønkjær and Mikala Krogh). For National Geographic Documentary Films, executive producers are Carolyn Bernstein and Ryan Harrington. For National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Matt Renner.

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Fayyad earned an Oscar nomination for Syria documentary “Last Men in Aleppo.” National Geographic’s documentary film unit recently won the Oscar and BAFTA for Best Documentary Feature of 2018...
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