Skye Fitzgerald


Director/Producer: SKYE FITZGERALD  Director of photography: KENNY ALLEN


“…visually brutal...a harrowing package.” – Variety
“…a powerful case for human decency.” – Booklist






With a suitcase full of donated stainless-steel bone implants, Syrian-American surgeon Hisham Bismar arrives at a Turkish hospital on the Syrian border, ready for anything. What he finds is horror, chaos, and an ocean of refugees in need of medical care: colleagues who perform operations without anesthesia, stories of Syrian government snipers targeting pregnant women and children, and images of 55 gallon barrels filled with shrapnel and TNT deliberately dropped on civilians.


With dull drill bits and ill-fitting bone and joint implants Bismar repairs the bodies of the wounded fortunate enough to find their way to the hospital – both civilians and fighters. Amongst this remarkable work, remarkable people abound: “M”, a ‘Turkish Schindler’ selflessly crossing the border each day to retrieve the wounded and ferry them to the care of surgeons, and “AM” a hero among his peers for his willingness to live for years in Syrian field hospitals repeatedly bombed by the Assad regime.


50 Feet From Syria is a portrait of a quiet and determined man, performing intricate acts of medical necessity undeterred by the chaos and complexity of war around him.  The film serves as a snapshot in time for the current plight of Syrian refugees. It also indelibly communicates the human cost of one of the most brutal, dehumanizing conflicts in modern history that continues to destroy and displace millions of lives. 








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NPR- The Takeaway - Hisham Bismar Interview
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Hisham Bismar, profiled in the film is featured on NPR's national show The Takeaway.

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Dec. 14th 2015




50 Feet From Syria

Voted onto Oscar Shortlist

October 26, 2015



Members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences voted 50 Feet From Syria onto the 10 film shortlist in the Documentary Shorts category today. 



interviews Dr. Hisham Bismar from the Oscar shortlisted film 50 FEET FROM SYRIA




50 Feet From Syria

Slated for Canadian premiere


Skye Fitzgerald

The documentary film 50 Feet From Syria will screen at the Syrian Film Festival in Toronto on November 14th 2015

Interview with Hisham - 50 Feet From Syria
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Dr. Hisham Bismar, featured in the film, is interviewed on OPB's Think Out Loud Program



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Skye Fitzgerald

“50 FEET FROM SYRIA is an important, powerful, and timely documentary that provides a very real perspective on the plight of Syrian refugees, a particularly important issue for Canadians,” Mike Cosentino, CraveTV.

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