Michael Moore is always ready to pounce. Whether he's spending a few years tracking down subjects for a muckraking documentary or taking to the Internet to point fingers, Moore never fails to yank attention his way when he sees fit. Sure, it's crass and his tone is loud and unrestrained, but more often than not, his points are universal — regardless of what political side his audience falls on.
Moore's latest eruption took place Tuesday night, when the filmmaker took to Twitter to point fingers at the Los Angeles International Airport, U.S. Customs officials, and America as a whole after Palestinian documentarian Emad Burnat was held at the airport after arriving for the 85th Academy Awards. Burnat, whose film 5 Broken Cameras received a nomination for "Best Documentary Feature," was detained by officers at LAX, along with his wife and son, for an hour and a half before Academy lawyers (prompted by Moore) intervened.
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According to a statement released by Burnat, airport security questioned him about the purpose of his visit to the States. They didn't believe he was actually attending the Oscars. "Immigration officials asked for proof that I was nominated for an Academy Award for the documentary 5 Broken Cameras," said Burnat. "And they told me that if I couldn’t prove the reason for my visit, my wife Soraya, my son Gibreel, and I would be sent back to Turkey on the same day." Adding to insult: Burnat is the first Palestinian to be nominated for an Academy Award — a fact that made the LAX officials' confusion sting even harder in Moore's eyes.
Moore explains in a blog that he communicated with Burnat via text throughout the debacle, instructing the documentarian to hand his contact information over to Homeland Security so that he could explain the situation and avert the crisis. In his statement, Burnat makes it clear that deportation was a very real possibility, but that the experience left him unfazed:
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"Although this was an unpleasant experience, this is a daily occurrence for Palestinians, every single day, throughout he West Bank. There are more than 500 Israeli checkpoints, roadblocks, and other barriers to movement across our land, and not a single one of us has been spared the experience that my family and I experienced yesterday. Ours was a very minor example of what my people face every day."
To conclude his rant on Twitter, Moore made the simple, pointed quip: "Welcome to America."
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The awards, selected by the International Press Academy, took place in Los Angeles on Sunday (20Dec09).
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Rob Marshall's movie spectacular, adapted from the Broadway hit, could be the ceremony's big winner, as stars Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard and Daniel Day-Lewis all compete for top acting honors.
Nine will also go up against The Informant, It's Complicated, Julie & Julia, A Serious Man and Up in the Air for the Best Picture in the Comedy or Musical category.
Meanwhile, the highly acclaimed Precious has been shortlisted for Best Drama, along with Bright Star, An Education, The Hurt Locker, The Messenger and The Stoning of Soraya M..
The awards, selected by the International Press Academy, will be handed out on Dec. 20 in Los Angeles.
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Rob Marshall's movie spectacular, adapted from the Broadway hit, could be the ceremony's big winner as stars Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard and Daniel Day-Lewis all compete for top acting honours.
Nine will also go up against The Informant!, It's Complicated, Julie & Julia, A Serious Man and Up in the Air for the Best Picture in the Comedy or Musical category.
Meanwhile, the highly acclaimed Precious has been shortlisted for Best Drama, along with Bright Star, An Education, The Hurt Locker, The Messenger and The Stoning of Soraya M.
The awards, selected by the International Press Academy, will be handed out on 20 December (09) in Los Angeles.