The highly-anticipated film Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr is set to make its world premiere at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival.
Khadr’s polarizing story will be told as part of TIFF Docs when the festival celebrates it’s 40th anniversary. The film explores the life the former child soldier who spent a decade at Guantanamo Bay detention camp and was later transferred to a maximum security facility in Canada. The 28-year old Canadian was recently released from prison in May when an Alberta judge released him on bail.
In making the film, directors Patrick Reed & Michelle Shephard hoped to shed a new light on Khadr’s story. “For more than a decade, Omar Khadr, one of Guantanamo’s youngest detainees has existed only as a caricature drawn and defined by others: killer, child soldier, torture victim, detainee, political pawn, terrorist, pacifist, jihadist,” they explained. “We had a simple goal in making this documentary – we wanted to tell his story, by allowing him to tell his story.”
Based on Shephard’s book Guantanamo’s Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr, the documentary explores Khadr’s life; starting from his childhood spent in a Canadian suburb and investigating his experience at U.S. prisons, Bagram and Guantanamo.
The film was produced in White Pine Pictures, in association with Al Jazeera, the CBC, and the SRC.