category Rights and Wrongs






Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr


"I don't wish people to love me, I don't wish people to hate me, I just wish for people to give me a chance", says Omar Khadr. He is the only minor ever tried for war crimes. During a military firefight in 2002, the Toronto-born teen has allegedly thrown a grenade at US troops in Afghanistan, killing one soldier. At 15 Omar Khadr was held at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. 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. He was released on bail in May 2015 and is appealing his Guantanamo conviction. Now 28 years old, after 13 years locked away, he is finally able to speak about his experiences. Featuring exclusive interviews with Khadr during his first few days of freedom and unprecedented access to family members, government officials, and Khadr's former fellow inmates, Patrick Reed and Michelle Shephard's documentary acquaints us with an incredibly resilient youth who grew up in a tragic situation. It also analyses the political implications of Khadr's case: the first instance since World War II where a US war crimes trial convicted someone for acts allegedly committed as a child.


2015 - Calgary International Film Festival, Canada, Audience Choice
2015 - Toronto Film Festival, Canada
2015 - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2015 - Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal, Canada


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