Embattled ‘The Cave’ director Feras Fayyad reapplies for US entry visa

Screen | 1/19/2020 | Jeremy Kay
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Feras Fayyad, the Syrian filmmaker who lives in exile in Denmark, is reapplying for a US entry visa to support his Oscar-nominated film The Cave after recently undergoing what his producer described as “quite the ordeal.”

Fayyad, who earned an Oscar nomination for Last Men In Aleppo in 2018, missed the TCA television critics tour in Los Angeles last week. He is currently in Copenhagen with his producer after an unpleasant encounter with immigration authorities that occurred when he was returning from a visit to Turkey.

Friday - January - Sigrid - Dyekjær - Producer

On Friday (January 17) Sigrid Dyekjær, a producer at Danish Documentary Production, issued the following statement from the TCA, where his friend was scheduled to attend the Nat Geo session in support of The Cave. The documentary chronicles the work of a 30-year-old female paediatrician who runs an underground hospital in the besieged Syrian city of Ghouta. Nat Geo backed the film.

Fayyad has been imprisoned in Syria and denied entry visas to the US before.

December - Feras - US - Visa - US

As has been widely reported, in December Feras was denied an extended U.S. visa by the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen and has missed several industry events, including the IDA Awards and Cinema Eye Awards.

He has had quite the ordeal these past weeks.

US - Embassy - Copenhagen - Appointment - Feras

While waiting on the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen to grant him another appointment, Feras received news that his aunt’s house was bombed and his parents’ and childhood home was in the line of fire in Syria.

As the oldest of 10, he feels a great responsibility for his siblings and his parents. So, instead of continuing to wait on the embassy, Feras went to Turkey to be as close to his family as possible and help in any way he could.

Weeks - Feras - Lot - Fear - Lot

The past few weeks for Feras have been filled with a lot of fear. A lot of anger. A lot of...
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