“50 Feet from Syria” (2015), directed by Skye Fitzgerald, at 40 minutes, is a particularly harrowing and graphic documentary tracing the work of a Syrian-American trauma and orthopedic surgeon Hisham Bismar, who volunteers to the return to the border area, barely within Turkey, to treat the wounds of victims of the Syrian civil war. This violence seems caused mostly by Bashar al-Assad around 2011, before ISIS became a major component of the war.
Bismar, who apparently lives in Portland, OR, demonstrates some of the hardware – artificial joints – he will take with him. They look like machine shop parts, not body prosthetics. The film shows the grievous, disfiguring injures, even to teens and children, many of them burns. Major procedures are performed without anesthesia. The film claims that snipers for Assad would target pregnant women and children.
In 2011, the media covered Assad’s behavior and use of chemical weapons. We did not grasp that it would open the door to ISIS, which would simultaneously take advantage of an incompetent army in Iraq and take some of the northern part of the country after Obama left, and then morph into a terror threat against western country homelands.
The official site is here.
Here’s an interview of the director. The official Facebook site is here.