No Place on Earth

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No Place on Earth
No Place on Earth Official Poster.jpg
Directed by Janet Tobias
Starring Chris Nicola
Saul Stermer
Sam Stermer
Sonia Dodyk
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
Release dates
  • 10 September 2012 (2012-09-10) (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • 5 April 2013 (2013-04-05)
Running time
83 minutes
Country US/UK/Germany
Language English
Box office $200,238 (North America only)

No Place on Earth is a 2012 Docudrama directed by Janet Tobias. The film was released theatrically in the United States on April 5, 2013.[1]

In 1993, NYPD officer and caving enthusiast Chris Nicola visited Ukraine to explore the Verteba and Priest's Grotto caves, and found evidence that they had recently been inhabited by humans. After discovering that the caves were used by Jews escaping The Holocaust, he embarked on a decade-long quest to find survivors. The film features interviews with survivors and their descendants, now living mainly in New York City and Montreal, and includes a segment in which Tobias brings some of the survivors, the oldest of whom was in his 90s, into the caves.[2]

The film was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Hamptons International Film Festival, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and the Jewish Film Festival Berlin. Its screenwriters, Janet Tobias and Paul Laikin, were finalists for the 2014 Award for Documentary Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America.


  • Chris Nicola as Himself
  • Saul Stermer as Himself
  • Sam Stermer as Himself
  • Sonia Dodyk as Herself
  • Sima Dodyk as Herself


  1. ^ "No Place On Earth". Magnolia Pictures. February 19, 2008. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ Derviskadic, Dado (March 18, 2013). "511 Days of Total Darkness: The Incredible True Story Behind the Documentary No Place on Earth". Retrieved May 11, 2013. 

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