Film Academy stands 'in solidarity' with producer denied visa to Oscars due to travel ban
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said it stands "in solidarity" with an Oscar-nominated producer who was denied a visa to travel to the awards show due to President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE's travel ban.

In a statement obtained by Variety, the group behind the Academy Awards stated its support for Kareem Abeed, a Syrian producer who worked on the movie “Last Men in Aleppo.” He was denied a visa by the Trump administration this month.


“Director Feras Fayyad and producer Kareem Abeed made history with ‘Last Men in Aleppo,’ the first Documentary Feature Oscar nominee from a Syrian directing-producing team,” the Academy's statement reads. 

"For 90 years, the Oscars have celebrated achievement in the art of filmmaking, which seeks to transcend borders and speak to audiences around the world, regardless of national, ethnic, or religious differences. As supporters of filmmakers — and the human rights of all people — around the globe, we stand in solidarity with Fayyad as well as the film’s producer Kareem Abeed, who was denied a visa to the United States to attend the Academy Awards on March 4,” it concludes.

The documentary "Last Men in Aleppo" follows the White Helmets, a volunteer search and rescue organization operating in Syria that responds to civilians bombed in the ongoing Syrian civil war.

Earlier this month, a Virginia-based federal court of appeals found the latest version of Trump's travel ban unconstitutional on the grounds that it discriminates against Muslims. The Supreme Court is set to take up the case at the end of April.

The most recent version of the ban barred nationals from eight countries — six of which are predominantly Muslim — from entering the U.S. The Trump administration has pushed for various versions of the travel ban since the president assumed office last year.