Syrian cinematographer of Oscar-nominated doc blocked from attending Academy Awards

Mystery surrounds the last-minute barring, by U.S. immigration authorities, of entry “to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on a harrowing film about his nation’s civil war, The White Helmets, that has been nominated for an Academy Award.”

Khaled Khateeb “was scheduled to arrive Saturday in Los Angeles on a Turkish Airlines flight departing from Istanbul. But his plans have been upended after U.S. officials reported finding ‘derogatory information’ regarding Khateeb.”

Apparently, Khateeb, who “had been issued a visa to attend the ceremony with Hollywood’s biggest stars,” was detained by Turkish authorities this week for reasons unknown, after which “he suddenly needed a passport waiver from the United States to enter the country.”

The waiver wasn’t given.