NO PLACE ON EARTH: THEATRICAL
No Place On Earth: The story of the longest uninterrupted survival underground: 2 caves, 5 families, 38 people, 517 days.
National Geographic Adventure Magazine calls this story one of the ten best adventure stories of all time ( Ten Years of Adventure ).
No Place On Earth debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released by Magnolia Pictures in North America and by Senator in Europe.
Duration: 90 minutes
Locations: USA, Ukraine, Hungary, Slovakia
- Toronto International Film Festival,
- Hamptons International Film Festival,
- Palm Springs International Film Festival
- International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
- Jewish Film Festival Berlin
Nominations: Writers Guild of America
Awards: Audience Award of the Hamptons International Film Festival
Coproduced with History Films
Behind The Scenes - Prepping the cave
Even the darkest of nights cannot compare with the absence of light inside a cave. The gruelling task of lugging 4000 pounds of heavy-duty cable and scores of lights took six people three full days slogging through driving rain and mud. Every piece of equipment, food, expensive cameras, audio gear had to be carried – by hand – down the only entrance to the cave: this narrow 30`vertical metal tube with a crooked re-bar ladder. Below ground, there was the ever-present fear of taking a wrong turn. We carefully taped up all the passages we could to avoid a chance fatality from getting lost. After everything was prepared, the biggest challenge of all came along: having the survivors, all over 70 years old, descent into the cave.
More photos here.
The Stermer Family
After their remarkable survival in caves for 511 days, the Stermer family tried to pick up their lives in Ukraine but continued post-war violence against Jews forced them to leave in 1946. The family immigrated to Canada and the United States. They never went back to Ukraine, until we asked them to. They brought some of their children and grandchildren with them so they could see the dark, muddy cave they once called home.
Read more about the Stermer Family here.
Production photos by Christopher Beauchamp