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Source:  Los Angeles Times

When caves appear in movies, they tend to be sinister, life threatening locations.  The extraordinary documentary “The Cave,” however, focuses on a place where just the opposite scenario is playing out.

The latest film by Feras Fayyad (“Last Men in Aleppo”), “The Cave” does not technically take place in a cave but in an underground hospital which has taken that name.

This network of labyrinthine tunnels and rooms served for more than five years — until it was overrun in 2018 — as a place of refuge for the besieged, completely surrounded city of El Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus.

While Russian warplanes supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad systematically attempted to bomb the area into rubble, the doctors and other medical personnel of the cave followed two simple goals: Be of service and survive.

“The Cave” opens in New York and Los Angeles on October 18.

Read the story at the Los Angeles Times.


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