The Cave

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30pm | Screening 7pm | No admittance after 7:15pm

Following the screening, we will be joined by Director Feras Fayyad, Producer Kirstine Barfod, and DCTV's Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill for a conversation, followed by a reception.

The Film

Directed by Feras Fayyad / 2019 / 102 min

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.

Post-Screening Q&A

Feras Fayyad (Director) is an award-winning filmmaker who has received particular recognition for his work on contemporary Syrian issues and the political transformation of the Arab world. His most recent film, Last Men in Aleppo, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Documentary competition, and earned him a 2018 Academy Award nomination and an Emmy for Best Documentary Feature. The film followed a small group of volunteer rescue workers with the White Helmets civil defense organization. Last Men in Aleppo went on to screen at festivals around the globe and received another 18 international awards, including a Peabody Award and the Critics’ Choice Award. Fayyad was born in Syria in 1984. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in audio-visual arts and filmmaking from The International Film and Television School EICAR in Paris. He has directed and edited several films, both documentaries and fiction, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Kirstine Barfod (Producer) has an extensive background in filmmaking and has produced and co-produced several feature documentaries and series and short fiction films, including the acclaimed feature documentary Venus by Mette Carla Albrechtsen and Lea Glob (Audience Award, 2017 IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival), the feature documentary Born to Lose by Palle Demant, and the comedic short Euroman by Gavriil Tzafkas. She is currently working with director Feras Fayyad on his third feature documentary, The Mystery of Epilogue. Other forthcoming films are the feature documentary Family Apart by Mira Jargil and the documentary series Absolute Beginners by Thora Lorentzen.

Jon Alpert (Moderator), DCTV Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, has produced and directed dozens of acclaimed documentaries, most recently with Cuba and the Cameraman, winning sixteen Emmy Awards and two Oscar nominations. He has also won four Columbia DuPont Awards, two Overseas Press Club Awards and a Peabody Award. More than a hundred of his reports and documentaries from across the United States and around the world have been broadcast on HBO, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, ESPN, Canadian, and Japanese networks.

Matthew O'Neill (Moderator) is an Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker and journalist. He most recently created the HBO documentary news series Axios on HBO with Perri Peltz. He's been making non-fiction television and films with DCTV for the last 20 years. His earlier films for HBO, ESPN, Netflix and others have focused on everything from the Egyptian Revolution, to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the American criminal justice system – and were recognized with two Columbia DuPont Awards, a Peabody, four Emmy Awards and two Oscar nominations.


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Please note that space is limited, and while RSVP is required, it does not guarantee admission. We advise that you arrive when doors open at 6:30pm. All RSVPs will be admitted first-come, first-served. No-shows will be released to those waiting at start time. No admittance after 7:15pm.


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This event is part of the Fall 2019 season of DCTV Presents, DCTV’s signature screening and event series that champions groundbreaking nonfiction film.

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