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NO PLACE ON EARTH (THE CAVE)  
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Completed - ENGLISH - Documentary - 81 minutes

Log Line

The film tells the longest recorded underground survival story in human history, when 5 Jewish families descended into a pitch black cave to escape the Nazis. By Emmy Award winning director Janet Tobias.







Previous markets

  • Toronto 2012 (Debut)
  • AFM 2012 (Premiere)
  • Berlin EFM 2013 (Screening)
Full history

Year of production : 2012

Director(s) : Janet TOBIAS
Writer(s) : Janet TOBIAS, Paul LAIKIN
Cast : Chris NICOLA, Sam STERMER, Saul STERMER, Sima BLITZER, Sonia HOCHMAN

Producer(s) : Janet TOBIAS (Sierra Tango Productions), Paul LAIKIN, Rafael MARMOR

Synopsis

In 1996, Chris Nicola, an ex-NYC cop and world-renowned cave explorer, makes a discovery that cuts him to the quick: deep underground in the largest cave system in Ukraine, he comes upon buttons, shoes, a key – and names scrawled on the cave wall, mute testimonies to what happened here long ago...The story that Nicola has stumbled upon begins in 1942, when Ukrainian authorities, in conjunction with the Nazi occupiers, begin rounding up the Jews for deportation to concentration camps. Encouraged by one mother’s burning wish to save her children, five families defy the soldiers and descend into the eerie cave system outside of their town. It is the beginning of an odyssey into a dark, damp maze and never-ending night... Only the men leave the caves to hunt for food, always in fear of being discovered; a justified fear, as they are betrayed more than once by their former friends and neighbors... A terrifying Nazi raid, the survivors’ relocation to a deeper, more isolated cave, the lack of food and water, the mistrust among the families, the deadening darkness and silence – in total, 511 days beneath the ground, the longest recorded underground survival in human history.

Production

Country(ies) : USA, UNITED KINGDOM, GERMANY

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