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 (N. America only)[1]

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.[2]

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 also 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.[3]

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.[4]



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