Filmmaker frustrated by 'danger' status

Aug. 25, 2006 at 9:13 AM
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NEW YORK, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Emmy-nominated documentary maker Laura Poitras has been marked as a U.S. security risk because she spent two years filming Iraq, The Los Angeles Times reports.

"It's very Kafkaesque," she told the Times by phone from her New York home. "What concerns me is there doesn't seem to be anyone who can give me information about why I got on this list, other than I made a film in Baghdad."

Poitras' Iraqi film, "My Country, My Country," has been screened at film festivals worldwide and her 2003 "Flag Wars" was nominated for an Emmy.

She said she did not know she was on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's list of dangerous people until she was recently pulled aside and detained by security at the airport in Newark, N.J.

Armed guards met her at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport this week when she flew from the Vienna Film Festival to promote her film before its U.S. opening Sept. 15, she told the newspaper.

"Basically, I get stopped going on and off every plane," Poitras said.

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