Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr

Focusing on one of Canada’s most controversial cases, Guantanamo’s Child is a documentary which tells the story of Omar Khadr, a Toronto-born Canadian citizen who was captured in Afghanistan by American forces in 2002 and convicted of war crimes at the age of 15. After spending a decade behind bars in Guantanamo Bay, he was transferred back to Canada to spend the rest of his sentence in Ontario and Alberta. Omar’s case is significant since it was the first case of a minor being charged with war crimes since the Second World War. The documentary features Omar Khadr telling his story through a series of interviews conducted just days after his release on bail last year.

Guantanamo’s Child will be premiering in Ottawa from May 30 to June 2 at the Mayfair Theatre. The documentary is directed by Patrick Reed, a documentary producer and filmmaker, and Michelle Shephard, a Canadian journalist and author of Guantanamo’s Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr, which the film is partially based on.

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