Guantanamo’s Child

Omar Khadr, the Canadian citizen who was captured by American forces in Afghanistan in 2002 and spent a decade imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, tells his own story in his own words, in this documentary portrait from directors Patrick Reed and Michelle Shephard.

In July of 2002, Toronto-born 15-year-old Omar Khadr was wounded and captured by US forces in Afghanistan and sent to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Considered by some to be a child soldier and accused by many others of terrorism, Khadr would find his next 13 years to be a long, torturous battle for freedom. It took the relentless work of lawyer Dennis Edney to have Khadr repatriated to Canada and ultimately released last spring in the face of the Harper government's attempts to overturn his bail. Featuring 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 and mind-boggling situation. It also analyzes 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.

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