An amazing story of five extended Jewish families who hid in caves to flee the Nazis in what became the longest recorded uninterrupted underground survival in human history.
Emmy Award® winning director Janet Tobias works alongside Academy Award® nominated cinematographer Cesar Chalone ("City of God") and Edu Grau ("A Single Man") to tell this remarkable story.
Audience Award at Hamptons International Film Festival 2012
"Astonishing. Let those who think they've heard every inspiring tale of Holocaust survival see this film." (John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter)
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 uninterrupted underground survival in human
Hamptons International Film Festival (2012)
Hamptons International Film Festival Awards
won Audience Award (documentary)
Sierra/Tango Productions, History Films, A List Films GmbH in co-production with BR, MDR
|Year Of Production||2012|
|Country Of Origin||Germany, United States of America, United Kingdom|
|Language Versions||English [OV], French [DUB]|
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