Hunger Ward Hunger Ward The last hope between war and starvation

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In March 2018, the UN reported that 10 million Yemenis were one step away from famine and that hunger is threatening an entire generation. Borne out of a sense of urgency at the sustained civilian suffering caused by the human-caused famine in Yemen, we embedded with a team of doctors and nurses working at Therapeutic Feeding Centers (TFCs) treating those most at risk of starvation.

Filmed from inside two of the most active therapeutic feeding centers in Yemen, HUNGER WARD documents two women health care workers fighting to thwart the spread of starvation against the backdrop of a forgotten war. The film provides an unflinching portrait of Dr. Aida Alsadeeq and Nurse Mekkia Mahdi as they try to save the lives of hunger-stricken children within a population on the brink of famine.

The film bears witness to the unfolding tragedy with a cinematic eye - thus rendering horror watchable, and deepening empathy for our subjects and awareness of the significant civilian suffering resulting from the current conflict.

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  • Directed by: Skye Fitzgerald
  • Produced by: Michael Scheuerman
  • Produced by: Skye Fitzgerald
  • Edited by: Dan Sadowsky
  • Director of Photography: Jeffrey Ball
  • Original Score by: William Campbell
  • Featuring: Dr. Aida Alsadeeq
  • Featuring: Nurse Mekkia Mahdi
  • Featuring: Omeima Essa Salem Abdullah
  • Featuring: Abeer Otham Thaneb
  • Executive Producer: Jody Allen
  • Executive Producer: Ruth Johnston
  • Executive Producer: Matt Milios
  • Executive Producer: Jannat Gargi
  • Executive Producer: Haley Pappas
  • Executive Producer: Matt Ippolito
  • Head of Production for Vulcan: Rocky Collins
  • Associate Producer for Vulcan: Susan Grella
  • Production Manager for Vulcan: Kim Nyhous
  • Development Manager for Vulcan: Miriam Larkin
  • Sr. Dir. Engagement and Impact: Ted Richane
  • Impact Producer: Alex Pearson

A forgotten war

A film that activates both the heart and the intellect while laying bare American complicity in the current civilian deaths in Yemen. Hunger Ward presents the specter of a human-caused, preventable famine made possible by American tax dollars.


"I believe that the most compelling films often emerge from a deep and abiding belief that - simply put - they must be done."

- Director Skye Fitzgerald


Official Selection DOC NYC Short List selection



Nominee - Best Short Documentary

Critics Choice Association


Official Selection HollyShorts