Syrian producer gets 11th hour visa to attend Oscars
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An Oscar-nominated Syrian movie producer was granted a travel visa Wednesday and will be able to attend Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony after his application was initially rejected due to President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE’s travel ban.

Kareem Abeed, who produced the documentary “Last Men in Aleppo,” holds a Syrian passport, and was denied a visa by the Trump administration earlier this month.


Abeed successfully appealed his case to the State Department, Entertainment Weekly reported. He will attend Sunday’s ceremony where “Last Men in Aleppo” is nominated for best documentary feature. The film chronicles the story of members of the White Helmets organization, which offers aid to those wounded in the Syrian civil war.

The film’s director, Feras Fayyad, shared the news via Twitter, thanking his “American friends for facing trump ban to help us to be with our film.”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued a statement this week saying it stood in solidarity with Abeed and Fayyad.

The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on the President Trump's controversial travel ban, which largely targets Muslim-majority nations, in April.