the rescue

a film by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin

Thailand, 111 mins.

Thai with English subtitles




This Nat Geo documentary thriller will glue you to your seat. On a cool June afternoon in 2018, in the hilly region of northern Thailand, the Wild Boars youth soccer team was finishing practice early so that they could attend a teammate's birthday party. Before heading to the party, the 12 boys (ages 11-16) and their assistant coach decided to explore a nearby system of caves – an outing that transformed into a two-week saga of survival. This film tells the whole story — the dramatic 2018 rescue of the team trapped deep inside a flooding cave, the perilous world of cave diving, the bravery of the rescuers (who went into the water on their own) and the dedication of an entire community as the whole world watched and prayed.