LAX Officials Threaten to Deport Palestinian Filmmaker On His Way to Oscars

By Jorge Rivas Feb 20, 2013

An Oscar nominated Palestinian filmmaker and his family traveling to Los Angeles for the Academy Awards this Sunday were detained for hours at the Los Angeles International Airport by U.S. Customs officials. Emad Burnat, whose film "5 Broken Cameras" has been nominated for Best Documentary Feature, was held for an hour and a half for questioning on why he was visiting Los Angeles. "Although he produced the Oscar invite nominees receive, that wasn’t good enough & he was threatened with being sent back to Palestine," said director Michael Moore in a tweet. Moore began relaying text messages he was receiving from Burnat to his [1.4 million followers on Twitter.](