FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows
Producers: Patrick Reed, Michelle Shephard, Peter Raymont
World broadcast premiere
CBC – TV
Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 9:00pm /9:30pm NT
Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 9:00pm
Featuring exclusive interviews with Omar Khadr
“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. I don’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
May 27, 2015 – TORONTO – White Pine Pictures is pleased to announce the world broadcast premiere of Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows on May 28th at 9:00pm/9:30pm NT on CBC-TV. ICI Radio-Canada Télé will also broadcast the documentary on Saturday, May 30, at 9 p.m.
The film features unprecedented access and exclusive interviews with Omar Khadr during his first few days of freedom in Edmonton, where he was released on bail May 7 after nearly 13 years in detention.
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Patrick Reed and co-directed by 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. 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 authoritative book 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 shot and captured by the U.S military.
The TV documentary will be followed by a full feature length film later this year.
Director/Producer Patrick Reed has directed and collaborated 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.
Co-director/Producer Michelle Shephard has covered the Omar Khadr story for the Toronto Star since 2002, which has included 26 trips to the U.S. Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. A companion piece on Khadr’s first days of freedom will run in the Toronto Star on Thursday.
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. www.whitepinepictures.com
Running Time: 44 minutes
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