The 39th Portland International Film Festival: OPEN YOUR EYES with 50 FEET FROM SYRIA with directors in attendance


Irene Taylor Brodsky | Portland
Living under the Himalayan sun, their eyes have slowly gone milky white. Manisara and Durga have cataracts, and their mountain home in Nepal has become a warren of darkness. Shot over three days, Open Your Eyes follows their extraordinary journey down the mountain for a chance to see again. (34 mins.)



Skye Fitzgerald | Portland
For Dr. Hisham Bismar, a successful hand surgeon in the United States, images of wounded Syrian refugees flowing across international borders compels action. Hisham’s journey serves as a portal into a tragic conflict and remarkable people working to save lives at great personal risk. (39 min.)



Directors Irene Taylor Brodsky and Skye Fitzgerald in attendance.


The 39th Portland International Film Festival is sponsored by the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, Delta Airlines, LAIKA, Willamette Week, Regal Entertainment Group, Travel Portland, Umpqua Bank, The Autzen Foundation, Amtrak Cascades, The Lamb-Baldwin Foundation, Hotel deLuxe, Hotel Eastund, Voodoo Doughnut, TV5Monde, and many others.

OPEN YOUR EYES and 50 FEET FROM SYRIA screen Sunday, February 21 at 3:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium. The films are being presented as part of our 39th Portland International Film Festival.

Tickets available online and at the door.

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