A member of the Nobel Peace Prize-nominated Civil Defence (the 'White Helmets') reacts after the announcement of the winner, in then-rebel held Aleppo, Syria, October 7, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail
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Khaled Khatib, a 21-year-old cinematographer and volunteer with the Syrian Civil Defense, told AP from Turkey that although he had expected the Netflix documentary "The White Helmets" to win, he stayed awake all night smoking shisha with friends and watching the ceremony.According to internal Trump administration correspondence seen by AP, the Department of Homeland Security decided at the last minute to block him from traveling to Los Angeles for the Oscars."It is America's loss!"The film focuses on Syrian first-responders who risk their lives to save people from the civil war, now in its sixth year. Director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara accepted the Oscar, devoting most of their onstage time to sharing Khatib's statement.
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