Episode available within Canada only.

Set against the spectre of growing global terrorism, and in an era of vicious attacks on press freedoms around the world, Mohamed Fahmy: Half Free is a character study of a Canadian-Egyptian journalist who went from covering one of the biggest stories in the world to becoming the story.  It’s every reporter’s nightmare – jailed for pursuing the truth.

Using the best of the rich archival footage and exclusive interviews with some of the world’s most respected journalists who worked alongside Fahmy covering the Arab Spring, the documentary is the definitive saga of how Fahmy clawed his way to freedom and international stardom.

SCENE FROM THE FILM: Inside Egypt's infamous Scorpion prison.

Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker David Paperny spent over a year filming Fahmy around the world and discovered that since his release, Fahmy has become a passionate international advocate for press freedoms. But it’s a fight that takes him squarely back into the danger zone.

Credits (Click to expand)

directed by     
David Paperny  

written by
David Paperny
Ted Tozer

executive producers
Cal Shumiatcher
Audrey Mehler
Peter Klein
Robert Taylor

produced by
David Paperny
Emily Shank

edited by
Dominique Basi
Ted Tozer

vp, production
Vera Lubimova

director of photography
Michael Grippo

original music composed by
Patric Caird

story editor
Samantha Beck

story consultant
Ian Gill

field coordinators, cairo
Hussein Hegab
Merna Thomas

additional camera
John Collins
Ayman Elnokaly
David Paperny
Hunter Wood

sound recordists
Michael Josselyn
Sébastien Moritz
Richard Nault
Andy Postle

Frederick Blichert
Alexander Formos

production assistants
Hossam Ragab
Mahmoud Zakaria

visual research & clearances
Paula Sawadsky
Sandra Mendenhall

post producer
John Christie
Jackie Sidoni

Tyler Hill

post supervisor
Marigna Bright

Alina Duviner

accounting services
Sylvia Lee
Jaimie Falconer
Paul Sekhon
Ruby Jhawar
Amy Lou

business affairs
Romney Grant
Lori Kilback
Harrison Sherrington
Maresa McLaren
Juliet Smith



stock & archival material
Australian Broadcasting Corporation Library Sales
Copyright AFP
Associated Press
Getty Images / BBC Motion Gallery
The Canadian Press
CBC Archive Sales/Archives Radio-Canada
CTV News Stox, A Division Of Bell Media
Courtesy CNN
Council Of Europe
Interview Footage Of Amal Clooney © International Bar Association 2014
Journeyman Pictures
NBCUniversal Archives
Stock Media Provided By Normstock / Pond5
Telegraph Media Group Limited 2014
Reisefilme Kopecky
Wazee Digital

for the CBC

general manager, programming
Sally Catto

executive director, unscripted content
Jennifer Dettman

senior director, documentary
Sandra Kleinfeld

director of production, unscripted content
Alexandra Lane

executive in charge of production
Charlotte Engel

director of finance, unscripted content
Julie Lawlor