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Directed by Skye Fitzgerald

United States, Oregon 2015 39 mins.

Syria. The word likely resonates for many of us who are following the tragic situation there. But what if it resonates because it was your home? This is the case for Dr. Hisham Bismar, the central character of Fitzgerald’s 50 Feet From Syria. A successful hand surgeon in the United States, Hisham decides he cannot continue to watch images of wounded Syrian refugees flow across international borders without acting on his impulse to help. At the heart of the film, Hisham’s journey serves as a portal into one of today’s most brutal, dehumanizing conflicts and into the lives of remarkable people working to save lives at great personal risk.