Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr

Director: Michelle Shephard, Patrick Reed Year: 2015 Run Time: 80min
Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr (2015)

In 2002, when Canadian-born Omar Khadr was 15 years old, he was caught by American troops in a firefight in the village of Ayub Kheyl, Afghanistan. Affiliated with the Taliban at the time, Khadr was imprisoned for throwing a grenade that resulted in the death of an American soldier, despite his being a minor.

His subsequent detention at Guantanamo Bay, a harsh prison on the southern coast of Cuba, became the topic of a major political debate, as child soldiers have not been prosecuted for war crimes since WWII.

Guantanamo’s Child gives Khadr a chance to speak for himself on camera for the first time. More than just a stirring story, this documentary delivers an engrossing intimate portrait of how a teenager from a Toronto suburb became the first juvenile to ever be tried for war crimes.


Director(s):

Michelle Shephard, Patrick Reed

Producer(s):

Peter Raymont, Patrick Reed, Michelle Shephard

Genre(s):

Documentary

Language(s):

English

Region:

Guantanamo's Child: Omar Khadr is filmed and set in Ontario. Michelle Shephard and Patrick Reed are from Ontario.

Ratings by Province:

NR Alberta
NR British Columbia
PG Manitoba
NR New Brunswick
NR Newfoundland and Labrador
NR Nova Scotia
NR Northwest Territories
NR Nunavut
NR Ontario
NR Prince Edward Island
NR Québec
NR Saskatchewan
NR Yukon