“The doc has formidable restraint, very carefully presenting views about Khadr, his actions and his treatment in Guantanamo and by the Harper government”

John Doyle

Globe and Mail

“The result is a complex, nuanced and surprisingly affecting documentary that’s bound to be denounced as propaganda by people who haven’t watched it.”

Now Toronto

“A sympathetic introduction to a man who grew up under the worst possible conditions.”

Hollywood Repoter

“More than just a stirring personal story, Guantanamo’s Child is also a cautionary tale of how fear and suspicion can infect our values and stand in the way of our fight for freedom”

Strictly Docs


Documentary Feature | 80′ | Completed

SYNOPSIS

Omar Khadr: child soldier or unrepentant terrorist? The 28-year-old Canadian has been a polarizing figure since he was 15.

In 2002, Khadr was captured by Americans in Afghanistan and charged with war crimes. In October 2010, Khadr pleaded guilty to five war crimes, including “murder in violation of the laws of war,” in return for a plea deal that gave him an eight-year sentence and chance to return to Canada. Khadr later recanted his confession. His Guantanamo conviction is being appealed in the U.S courts.

After spending nearly half his life behind bars, including a decade at Guantanamo, Khadr is suddenly released. Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr features unprecedented access and exclusive interviews with Khadr during his first few days of freedom in Edmonton, where he was released on bail on May 7, 2015.

This documentary delivers an intimate portrait of how a teenager from a Toronto suburb became the center of one of the first U.S. war crimes trial since the prosecution of Nazi commanders in the 1940s. Khadr is the only juvenile ever tried for war crimes. Guantanamo’s Child gives Omar Khadr the opportunity to speak for himself on camera, for the first time. Based in part on Michelle Shephard’s authoritative book Guantanamo’s Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr, the documentary takes us from his childhood traveling between a Canadian suburb and Peshawar at the height of the jihad against the Soviets, to Afghanistan and the homes of Al Qaeda’s elite, into the notorious U.S. prisons at Bagram and Guantanamo Bay and back again to Canada.

Finally, his story, in his own words.


Directors Patrick Reed Michelle Shephard
Producers Patrick Reed Michelle Shephard Peter Raymont

Based, in part, on Michelle Shephard’s authoritative book,
Guantanamo’s Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr (Wiley)

Produced by White Pine Pictures in association with CBC, Radio-Canada, Al
Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera America and with the participation
of Shaw Media Hot Docs Fund and the Canada Media Fund.


UPCOMING SCREENINGS

Kincardine Branch Library, Kincardine, ON – National Canadian Film Day
April 19, 2017
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Jane/Dundas Public Library, Toronto, ON – National Canadian Film Day
April 19, 2017
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Flin Flon Public Library, Flin Flon, MB – National Canadian Film Day
April 19, 2017
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Region of Waterloo Library, Elmira Branch, Elmira, ON – National Canadian Film Day
April 19, 2017
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2015 TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL
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The Frontline Club, London, UK
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Metro Cinema, Edmonton, AB
Kelowna Film Society, Kelowna, BC
Globe Cinema, Calgary, AB
Human Rights Human Wrongs Film Festival, Norway, Oslo
The Bloor Cinema, Toronto, ON
Kingston Film Festival, Kingston, ON
Civic Theatre, Nelson, BC
Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival, Milwaukee, WI
Bermuda International Film Festival, Bermuda
Downtown Belleville DocFest, Belleville, ON
Awareness Film Night, Sooke, B.C.
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Regina Public Library, Regina, SK
The Gayety, Collingwood, ON
Movies That Matter On Tour
Documentary Edge Festival, Auckland & Wellington, New Zealand
CBC Television Broadcast
Docs Against Gravity, Warsaw, Poland
Yorkton Film Fest, Yorkton, SK
Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa, ON
MuslimFest 2016, Mississauga, ON
Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre, PA
The Royal, Toronto, ON
UNAFF, Stanford, CA
Denver Film Festival, Denver, CO
Peloponnisos International Documentary Festival, Greece
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