Photo: Hala Kamil and her family, who feature in an Oscar-nominated documentary about their escape from Syria (Independent)
Hala – who fled Aleppo with her four children – will not be able to travel to America next month
Independent – A Syrian widow who is the subject of an Oscar-nominated film has been barred from travelling to the US ahead of the awards ceremony next month, after Donald Trump implemented a travel ban on some US-bound travellers.
Watani: My Homeland, which tells the true story of a Syrian family forced to flee Aleppo for sanctuary in Germany, is nominated in the ‘Documentary Short Subject’ category.
But the film’s protagonist, Hala Kamil, who has previously visited the US as a guest of the United Nations, will not be allowed to enter the country after Mr Trump signed an executive order barring migrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Syria.
Filmed between 2013 and 2016, the documentary tells the family’s harrowing story after the father Abu Ali – a commander in the Free Syrian Army – was captured by Islamic State.