'The White Helmets,' speaking about 'banned' Syria, wins Oscar

| Updated: Feb 27, 2017 15:46 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 27 (ANI): Looks like the 89th Academy Awards is all about trolling Trump and slamming his policies, especially 'travel ban order.' But of course indirectly! After Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's Oscar win, now 'The White Helmets' wins the golden statuette for 'Documentary Short Subjects.' 'The White Helmets' speaks about a group of rescue workers, who courageously saved over 82,000 lives in Syria. On this note, Syria is one of those seven-Muslim countries, which was banned immigration in the United States, early this month, by the Trump administration. Story does not end there. Khaled Khatib, the 21-year-old cinematographer for 'White Helmets,' who worked to draw attention to the plight of his country's civil war, was not allowed to board his flight to from Istanbul to Los Angeles for the Academy Awards night. Reportedly, he was stopped by US officials who said they had uncovered "derogatory information" about him. 'The White Helmets,' a 40-minute Netflix documentary, focuses on the rescue workers who risk their lives to save Syrians affected by civil war. Many of the group's members have been killed by Syrian President Bashar Assad's air forces. The group also was nominated for last year's Nobel Peace Prize. The White Helmets includes emblematic scenes of the deadly 6-year-old conflict: people digging through destroyed homes looking for survivors, at constant risk of 'double tap' attacks that target first responders after they've arrived at the scene of a strike. (ANI)
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