Syria at war. Bombs going off in the distance, and at the front door of the local hospital, residing partially in underground caves complexes below the city. And a world in denial.
This documentary follows the bombing of a city in Syria, and the people that stay in the besieged town to help the wounded, in this case, mostly children. The film centers around one heroic female doctor, Dr. Amani.
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 Ballor 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.
After the movie we heard directly from Dr Amani, now living in Turkey as a refugee, and unable to practice medicine. One of the most incredible experiences of my life was not only being able to see this woman in front of us via satellite, but to be able to hear from her directly, and ask questions.
The world is at war, and it rarely touches us back home in America. This documentary is something that everyone should see because we are not alone, we are one people and we have to help each other. And you can help, visit the website here for more info.
The Nightcralwers is a documentary short from national Geographic, and it is also riveting:
With unprecedented access, THE NIGHTCRAWLERS follows a small group of determined photojournalists on a mission to expose the true cost of the deadly war on drugs waged by Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte.
The truth is far from what the media tells us. Here is the full documentary: