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Emad Burnat, who made 5 Broken Cameras, said Us officials doubted his credentials and threatened to send him home

An Academy-nominated Palestinian film-maker has spoken of the "unpleasant experience" of being detained by Us immigration officials when he arrived for this weekend's Oscars ceremony.

Emad Burnat said that he was held for about an hour at Los Angeles airport on Tuesday, along with his wife and youngest son Gibreel, who plays a central role in Oscar-nominated documentary 5 Broken Cameras.

Burnat said that he thought that Us immigration officials – who apparently doubted his credentials – would send him back to Palestine. He compared the incident to daily life for Palestinians under the Israeli occupation.

"Immigration officials asked for proof that I was nominated for an Academy Award for 5 Broken Cameras, and they told me that if I couldn't prove the reason for my visit, my wife Soraya, my son Gibreel and I would »

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