You targetted everything except the one substantive point he presented,
as an explicit frame for his narrative:
They wouldn't let him make a phone call, and he says he was assured that
the papers were in order before he undertook his flight. By his
account, he went through a good deal of effort checking whether he
needed a "transit visa."
While he drags in all of humanity, the fundamental frame for his account
is constituted by the above points, which are reasonable demonstrations
of at least futility and perhaps impracticality in the way he and the
rest of the lot he was thrown among were being treated.
This is on the basis of his account, of course. But while he certainly
does play on his award and the standing of his "cinematic gifts," that's
only a straw man in your critique, given that he framed his account in
terms of having thought he had clearance and not being able to settle
matters with a phone call.
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