Culture Round-up: Danish-Syrian film ‘The Cave’ gets 4 Emmy nominations

Feras Fayyad’s Danish-produced documentary ‘The Cave’ about the Syrian war has been nominated for four Emmy awards, including Best Director and Best Screenplay

The Danish-Syrian documentary about a woman running an underground hospital has received four Emmy nominations (Pixabay/Donations_are_appreciated)
July 30th, 2020 6:02 pm| by Gulden Timur
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Syrian film director Feras Fayyad’s Danish-produced “The Cave” has been nominated for no less than four Emmy awards. The awarding ceremony will take place on September 20.

“The Cave”, a documentary about the Syrian war and which was also nominated for an Oscar earlier this year, is directed by Fayyad and produced by Sigrid Dyekjær and Kirstine Barfod from Danish Documentary Production A / S.

Multiple awards
Fayyad is nominated for Best Director of a documentary. For Best Screenplay, Alisar Hasan and Feras Fayyad earned nominations.

For Best Photography, Muhammed Khair Al Shami, Ammar Suleiman and Mohammed Eyad are nominated. Sigrid Dyekjær and Kirstine Barfod are also nominated for Best Production.

The film had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in 2019 where it won an audience award. It has since been honoured at the American documentary film festival Cinema Eye Honors with awards for Ballour, Barfod and Dyekjær.

Tale about a strong woman
The film is about a female doctor Amani Ballour who, under difficult conditions, runs an underground hospital in the Syrian province of Ghouta. The story is about a young woman who wants to change a male-dominated environment so Sigrid Dyekjær and Kirstine Barfod have called the film “a feminist tale”.

Fayyad’s team followed Ballour between 2016 and 2018 and documented the daily life of the hospital – from the horrific to the mundane – to give an insight into the lives of people trapped in the war.

“The Cave” is produced by Danish Documentary with support from the Danish Film Institute, TV2 Denmark, National Geographic and IMS International Media Support, among others.

The film had its Danish cinema premiere in January. The Danish TV premiere will be on TV2 later this year.


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