Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Michael Moore: '5 Broken Cameras' Oscar nominee detained at LAX, threatened with deportation

 <p>"5 Broken Cameras" co-director Emad Burnat</p>
"5 Broken Cameras" co-director Emad Burnat
 "Emad Burnat, Palestinian director of Oscar nominated '5 Broken Cameras,' was held tonight by immigration at LAX as he landed to attend the Oscars," documentary filmmaker and Academy branch governor Michael Moore Tweeted to his 1.4 million followers this evening. "Emad, his wife and 8-year-old son were placed in a holding area and told they didn't have the proper invitation on them to attend the Oscars."
According to Moore, Burnat texted him for help after being detained. "Apparently the Immigration & Customs officers couldn't understand how a Palestinian could be an Oscar nominee," Moore continued. "I called Academy officials who called lawyers. I told Emad to give the officers my phone number and to say my name a couple of times."

1 comment:

  1. "Asked whether he thought he was sought out because of his film, Burnat said: “I don't know, but this is the first time this happens. I've been to the States six times in the last year.”