What an unfortunate example of American airport culture!!!
Opinionated documentary creator Michael Moore got SUPER DUPER pissed when he found out that his friend — the Oscar nominated Palestinan filmmaker Emad Burnat — had been DETAINED by LAX immigration because they did not believe he was actually in town for the Oscars!!
Emad, his wife, and their 8-year-old son were held at LAX for over an hour before FINALLY getting "permission" to stay in the country until the Oscars were over.
Michael Moore tweeted EVERYTHING about the incident (his version of events), which we've collected for your reading convenience!!
"Emad Burnat, Palestinian director of Oscar nominated "5 Broken Cameras" was held tonight by immigration at LAX as he landed to attend Oscars
Emad, his wife & 8-yr old son were placed in a holding area and told they didn't have the proper invitation on them to attend the Oscars.
Although he produced the Oscar invite nominees receive, that wasn't good enough & he was threatened with being sent back to Palestine.
Apparently the Immigration & Customs officers couldn't understand how a Palestinian could be an Oscar nominee. Emad texted me for help.
I called Academy officials who called lawyers. I told Emad to give the officers my phone # and to say my name a couple of times.
After 1.5 hrs, they decided to release him & his family & told him he could stay in LA for the week & go to the Oscars. Welcome to America.
"It's nothing I'm not already used to," he told me later. "When u live under occupation, with no rights, this is a daily occurrence."
Emad Burnat, Palestinian farmer turned filmmaker, director of "5 Broken Cameras", the 1st Palestinian doc ever nominated for the Oscar.
This all just happened tonight, a few hours ago. He was certain they were going to deport him. But not if I had anything to do about it."
[Image via WENN.]