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Autour d'un film

About The Cave: hospitals are not targets

This event will take place as planned, upon registration:
The 2020 Oscar-nominated The Cave tells the powerful story of the young paediatrician Amani Ballour, who ran an underground hospital, aka The Cave, with her staff of 100 doctors and nurses, during the years of the violent siege of eastern Ghouta. This essential documentary highlights one of the biggest tragedies of the Syrian War: for 9 years, Syrian hospitals, schools, medical and humanitarian workers have been targets of deliberate attacks. All parties to the conflict are bound to respect International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law. Schools and health facilities should be the safest spaces, not targets! The film protagonist, Dr Amani Balloor, recipient of the Raoul Wallenberg Prize 2020, delivered by the Council of Europe, will be present for this essential debate.
Screening and discussion in English, without translation.


Monday 9 March


Maison de la Paix

Co-presented with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the Delegation of the European Union to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva


Amani Balloor Physician, protagonist of The Cave

Ben Parker Senior Editor, The New Humanitarian, and former Head, UN OCHA Office Syria

Najat Rochdi Senior Humanitarian Advisor, Office of the Special Envoy for Syria

Moderated by

Julie Billaud Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, the Graduate Institute, Geneva

This debat is preceded by the movie:

Competition - Creative documentary

The Cave

By Feras Fayyad

In the besieged Syrian city of Ghutta, which suffered the worst chemical attack recorded in the last 25 years, the inhabitants have built a makeshift hospital in the cavernous depths of the earth. As the conflict rages on, pediatrician Amani Ballour tries to do her job, despite  some patients refusing to be treated by a woman. Above all, it is about saving lives, comforting people, obtaining medicines, feeding staff and the patients. After winning an Oscar for Last Men in Aleppo, Feras Fayyad returns to the FIFDH with this documentary, also nominated for the Oscar. 

  • Section Compétition - Documentaire de création

WomenHumanitaireMiddle EastSanté

Feras Fayyad


  • Kirstine Barfod
  • Sigrid Dyekjær

World sales

  • Dogwoof

Rights holder

  • Ana Vicente
Production country
Afghanistan & Tunisia