National Geographic Documentary Films is adding to its feature documentary slate with a doc from Last Men in Aleppo director Feras Fayyad (pictured), about a hidden secret underground hospital in Syria and it’s female-led team.
The Cave, which is slated for a fall 2019 theatrical release, follows 30-year-old Doctor Amani, as she becomes the appointed leader of a team of 130 medical practitioners in a secret hospital that serves the 400,000 civilians in the besieged city of Al Ghouta. From 2012 to 2018, Dr. Amani and her team help the victims who access the hospital through secret entrances and a network of tunnels.
“While I was detained by the Syrian regime for a critical film I made, I witnessed the suppression and torturing of women, an inhuman shameless pride of cruelty, in prison. Not only because they were prisoners but because they were women. I also observed one of the most atrocious war crimes in modern history when the Syrian regime used chemical weapons to attack Al Ghouta in 2013. These experiences were shockingly frightening and unforgettable, but even worse, the rest of the world looked on silently,” said Fayyad in a statement.
“I knew I had to challenge the inaction and I felt morally responsible to expose the effects of the war crimes. My vision for The Cave was to paint a human picture of the Syrian War through the eyes of these unsuspecting female heroes, and for the film to be a global call to action for response to this humanitarian crisis.”
Danish Documentary Films’ Kirstine Barfod and Sigrid Dyekjær produce, while Eva Mulvad, Pernille Rose Grønkjær and Mikala Krogh are executive producers. For National Geographic Documentary Films, executive producers are Carolyn Bernstein and Ryan Harrington. For National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Matt Renner.
The news follows recent announcements of upcoming doc projects Rebuilding Paradise from Ron Howard and the Untitled Thai Cave Rescue Project (working title) from Kevin Macdonald.
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