Magazine article Screen International

Academy Shows Solidarity with Syrian 'Aleppo' Filmmakers over Visa Block

Magazine article Screen International

Academy Shows Solidarity with Syrian 'Aleppo' Filmmakers over Visa Block

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Syrian producer consider next steps.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has expressed its solidarity with Syrian producer Kareen Abeed of Oscar-nominated Last Men In Aleppo and his team after he was denied a visa to enter the US to attend the upcoming 90th annual Academy Awards.

It is understood Abeed, pictured at left with assistant director Hassan Kattan and cinematographer Fadi Al Halabi, will reapply after the consulate general of the US in Istanbul informed him his visa application had been denied, blocking hopes of joining other Oscar nominees in Hollywood on March 4.

US government rules forbid an appeal. Abeed and the filmmakers are currently in Turkey as they try to get permission to travel. …

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