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Nat Geo sets January TV premiere for Feras Fayyad’s “The Cave”

Disney-owned broadcaster National Geographic has set a television premiere date for the Academy Award-nominated documentary film The Cave later this month. The 107-minute film (pictured) sees Last Men in Aleppo director Feras Fayyad return to his native ...
January 17, 2020

Disney-owned broadcaster National Geographic has set a television premiere date for the Academy Award-nominated documentary film The Cave later this month.

The 107-minute film (pictured) sees Last Men in Aleppo director Feras Fayyad return to his native Syria, following a team of female doctors treating patients in an underground hospital in the war-torn country as they are also faced with systemic sexism.

The Cave will make its broadcast debut on Jan. 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel in the U.S., followed by a global roll-out across 172 countries and 43 languages.

The feature doc had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, where it won the People’s Choice Documentary Award. It later rolled out across more than 30 film festivals globally, including BFI London Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, Savannah Film Festival and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

The Cave is produced by the women-owned Danish Documentary Films. Kirstine Barfod and Sigrid Dyekjær serve as producers, and Eva Mulvad, Pernille Rose Grønkjær and Mikala Krogh serve as executive producers. For National Geographic Documentary Films, executive producers are Carolyn Bernstein and Ryan Harrington. For National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Matt Renner.

“As a Syrian filmmaker, I’ve made it my mission to shine a light on the Syrian people and the atrocities that continue in my home today,” said Fayyad in a statement. “In Dr. Amani I saw hope as I witnessed her challenging the stereotypes and prejudices that rule our society, while treating patients under the most dire of circumstances. Her story needs to be told and I am grateful to National Geographic for bringing it to so many.”

“Since The Cave‘s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Dr. Amani and her team have moved and inspired critics and audiences alike with their unwavering bravery, compassion and strength in the face of overwhelming danger,” added Bernstein, exec producer and EVP of global scripted content and documentary films at National Geographic. “Telling remarkable and resonant stories is at the heart of what we do and we are so incredibly proud to share The Cave with National Geographic audiences around the world to bring much-needed attention to the humanitarian crisis in Syria.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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