Director Patrick Reed, Michelle Shephard
Duration 62 mins
Omar Khadr: child soldier or unrepentant terrorist?
In 1995, eight-year-old Omar Khadr moved with his parents from Canada to Afghanistan. Seven years later, at the age of 15, he was captured by American troops, accused of having links to Al-Qaeda. The teenager ended up in the Guantanamo Bay prison camp without any legal representation or trial. There he was subjected to many years of torture.
In October 2010, Khadr pleaded guilty to five war crimes, including “murder in violation of the laws of war”, in return for a plea deal giving him an eight-year sentence and a chance to return to Canada.
Khadr later recanted his confession and his Guantanamo conviction is being appealed in the U.S courts. However, after spending half his life behind bars, including a decade at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Centre, Khadr was suddenly released.
This film features unprecedented access and exclusive interviews with Khadr during his first few days of freedom.
Finally, he is able to tell his own story.