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The Cave – 2PM

February 23 @ 2:00 pm


Friday, February 21, 2020 – 4:00 pm
Sunday, February 23, 2020 – 2:00 pm
Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop St. W., Barrie


Co-written and Directed by: Feras Fayyad
With: Amani Ballour, Salim Namour
Documentary 14A for disturbing war-related content and images, 102 minutes, Languages: English and Arabic with English subtitles


“A raw, urgent film about one of the great humanitarian crimes of our times, made all the starker for the utter lack of a global response.” – Christopher Machell, CineVue


“It has abundant power and value.” – Tom Stone, Sunday Times (UK)


“In the midst of this brutal war, the compassion and bravery of those working at this underground hospital is inspiring. They are true heroes. This is a very powerful film, made by a very brave and compassionate film crew.” – Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope


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 paediatrician 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.


AWARDS: 11 wins and 17 nominations

Nominee, Best Documentary Feature, Academy Awards, 2020
Winner, People’s Choice Award – Documentary, Toronto International Film Festival, 2019
Winner, Audience Award/Nominee, Best Documentary Feature, Camden International Film Festival, 2019
Winner, The Unforgettables, Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US, 2020
Winner, Cinematic Documentary Award,Cork International Film Festival, 2019



Tickets are available online By Clicking Here, or at the Uptown Theatre during the festival (Feb 20-23, 2020). Box office opens 1 hour before showtime.

Reel Stories is sponsored by Busch Systems, Digital Giants, Michael & Marion’s, Netgain, Plumbtech Plumbing, Stewart Esten LLP, Ingrid and John Van Der Marel.



February 23
2:00 pm


Barrie Film Festival


Uptown Theatre
55 Dunlop St. W.
Barrie, Ontario L4N 1A3 Canada
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