Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows
to broadcast on CBC and Radio-Canada

His story in his words

CBC Broadcast: Sunday July 9, 2017 at 9:00pm
Societé Radio-Canada RDI Broadcast: Saturday July 8, 9:30pm

Directed by Patrick Reed and Michelle Shephard
Producers: Patrick Reed, Michelle Shephard and Peter Raymont

For more than a decade, Omar Khadr, one of Guantanamo’s youngest detainees has existed only as a caricature drawn and defined by others: killer, child soldier, torture victim, detainee, political pawn, terrorist, pacifist, jihadist. We had a simple goal in making this documentary – we wanted to tell his story, by allowing him to tell his story.
-Patrick Reed & Michelle Shephard

For the longest time, all I would tell to anybody is that I wish that I could just get out of prison and just be the next Joe on the street who nobody knows and nobody gives a second look or thought to. Idon’t wish people to love me, I don’t wish people to hate me I just wish for people to just give me a chance.
– Omar Khadr, May 8, 2015

July 6, 2017 – TORONTO – This week it was announced the Canadian government will apologize to Omar Khadr and settle a multimillion-dollar lawsuit for abuses that occurred during his U.S. detention in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.

This news has been welcomed by Khadr’s supporters; and reviled by his opponents—proving that after all this time Khadr remains a highly polarizing figure.

Radio-Canada and CBC will re-broadcast White Pine Picture’s exclusive documentary Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows on Saturday and Sunday respectively. The film features unprecedented access to interviews with Omar Khadr during his first few days of freedom in Edmonton, where he was released on bail May 7, 2015 after nearly 13 years in detention.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Patrick Reed and co-directed by the Toronto Star’s National Security Reporter and author Michelle Shephard, Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows is an intimate portrait of how a teenager from a Toronto suburb ended up being at the centre of one of the first U.S. war crimes trials since the prosecution of Nazi commanders in the 1940s and the only juvenile ever tried.

Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows gives Omar Khadr the opportunity to speak for himself on camera, for the first time.

Based in part on Shephard’s authoritativebook Guantanamo’s Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr, the documentary takes us from his childhood spent traveling between a Canadian suburb and Peshawar at the height of the jihad against the Soviets, into Afghanistan and the homes of Al Qaeda’s elite, and back to Canada again as he’s released on bail thirteen years after first being detained by the U.S military.

Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows will air on the CBC in English at 9pm EST on Sunday July 9, 2017 and on RDI in French at 9:30pm EST on Saturday July 8, 2017.

The feature length version of the documentary; Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and has gone on to screen around the world at prestigious film festivals such as IDFA and UNAFF. It was chosen as a TIFF Top Ten Film of 2015, and was nominated for a 2016 Best Documentary Emmy Award. Guantanamo’s Child was awarded the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction in a non-fiction program,Best Original Music for a Non-fiction Program, and the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social-Political Documentary. The film was also honoured with the 2016 Directors Guild of Canada Allan King Award for Best Documentary, as well as several other prizes.

Director/Producer Patrick Reed has directed andcollaborated on several award-winning documentaries for White Pine Pictures. Many of Reed’s films explore human rights issues, following compelling characters as they struggle with the past and present. One of his first assignments with White Pine was researching and producing Shake Hands With The Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire, which won the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award at Sundance 2006, and Best Documentary Emmy in 2007. In 2012 he directed a follow up film Fight Like Soldiers Die Like Children which followed Dallaire on his new mission to eradicate the use of child solders. Additional credits include the top rated documentary Tar Sands for the CBC; Pets on Prozac (CBC); the award-winning feature documentary, Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma; and Tsepong: A Clinic Called Hope, which received multiple Gemini Award nominations in 2007.

Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows is 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 Development Fund, Canada Media Fund, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation

About White Pine Pictures
White Pine Pictures is an independent Canadian film, television, and new media production company based in Toronto, Canada. Headed by award-winning filmmaker, Peter Raymont, the company has produced over 100 films, including the Emmy award-winning feature documentary Shake Hands With The Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire, two Oscar-shortlisted features; A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman, and Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould. White Pine is also the producer of the award-winning TV drama series The Border (38 episodes), and Cracked (21 episodes) created for the CBC and sold worldwide including France, Germany, and the USA.

Running Time: 44 minutes

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Media contacts:
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