Oscar nominee Feras Fayyad (“Last Men in Aleppo”) delivers an unflinching story of the Syrian war with his powerful new documentary, The Cave. For besieged 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 Cave paints a stirring portrait of courage, resilience and female solidarity.
How can you help create lasting and meaningful change?
READ DR. AMANI'S PLEA FOR HELP
Dr. Amani shares her personal account of the ongoing human rights abuses in Syria.
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LEARN ABOUT THE AL AMAL “HOPE” FUND
Dr. Amani’s story illuminates the unthinkable working conditions and heroism of Syrian medical workers. It is the hope of the film’s director Feras Fayyad, that “The Cave” will urge the global community to develop mechanisms that protect medical workers and sustain health care in Syria. Through the efforts of Danish Documentary and Think-Film Impact Production, the King Baudouin Foundation has launched the “Al Amal” (Hope) Fund. This fund aims to equip Dr. Amani with the support and tools required to aid Women’s empowerment, female leadership in conflict zones, improved and safer access to medicines as well as help educate and mentor young children in Syria. For more information, please visit the Al Amal Fund.
SIGN THE PETITION FOR TRUTH
The general public cannot become numb to the human rights atrocities occurring in conflict zones around the world. The personal journey of Dr. Amani and her fellow doctors in “The Cave” showcases the need to champion those unknown defenders of human rights. The Petition for Truth sheds light on the ongoing truth of violence faced by innocent victims on the ground in Syria. This petition recognizes the unwavering efforts of female humanitarian/health workers and calls for investment and access to medicines through development policies and the basic right to life. Sign the Petition for Truth and #StandWithDrAmani.