JERUSALEM -- West Bank filmmaker Emad Burnat is hoping to make history Sunday by becoming the first Palestinian to win an Oscar, but he almost missed the chance to attend the ceremony when immigration officials at Los Angeles International Airport initially balked at letting him in the country.
Burnat, 41, co-director of the documentary "5 Broken Cameras," was held up at LAX early Wednesday with his wife and 8-year-old son, both of whom are featured in his film about a family’s struggle against a separation wall built by Israel through the village of Bilin.
The film, co-directed with Israeli activist Guy Davidi, has been nominated for best documentary.
Like many Palestinians, Burnat frequently encounters difficulties traveling because many countries, including the U.S., do not recognize a state of Palestine.
Unlike many Palestinians, however, Burnat has made new and powerful friends over the last two years, traveling around the world to promote his film.