Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr

Canada 2015. Dirs: Patrick Reed, Michelle Shephard. 80 min. DCP

Omar Khadr, the 15-year-old Canadian captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2002 and imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, tells his own story in this documentary portrait. Considered a child soldier by some and a terrorist by others, Khadr spent 13 years in a long, torturous battle for freedom. The relentless work of lawyer Dennis Edney saw Khadr repatriated to Canada and ultimately released, in the face of the Harper government’s opposition. Featuring unprecedented access to former fellow inmates, family members, and government officials, the film acquaints us with an incredibly resilient youth who grew up in a mind-boggling situation. It also analyzes the political implications of his case — the first instance since WWII where the U.S. convicted someone of war crimes for acts allegedly committed as a child. — Magali Simard, TIFF


THEME OF VIOLENCE; COARSE LANGUAGE
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REVIEWS

"A complex, nuanced, and surprisingly affecting documentary."

NOW Toronto | full review

"[A] persuasive denunciation of the inhumane things the United States (and Canada, in this case) did in response to the 9/11 attacks."

Hollywood Reporter | full review