Guantanamo's Child

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Guantanamo's Child
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Guantanamo's Child: Omar Khadr
Directed by Patrick Reed
Michelle Shephard (co-director)[1]
Produced by Patrick Reed
Michelle Shephard
Peter Raymont
Written by Michelle Shephard
Starring Omar Khadr
Dennis Edney[2]
Music by Mark Korven
Cinematography John Westheuser
Edited by Cathy Gulkin[1]
White Pine Pictures
(in association with CBC, SRC, Al Jazeera Media Network; with the participation of Canada Media Fund, Ontario Media Development Corporation; and with the assistance of Shaw Media Hot Docs Fund)[1]
Release date
  • September 2015 (2015-09) (Toronto International Film Festival)
Running time
Country Canada
Language English

Guantanamo's Child is a Canadian documentary film, released in 2015.[3] Directed by Patrick Reed and Michelle Shephard based on Shephard's 2009 book Guantanamo's Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr, the film profiles Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen whose conviction on disputed war crimes charges and incarceration at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp has been a prominent political issue in Canada.[4]

The film was produced by White Pine Pictures, in association with Al Jazeera and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.[4] This documentary is an expanded version of a television program that aired on CBC in May 2015 called Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows.[5] A version of the film aired on Al Jazeera English in June 2015.[6] It had its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.[3][4][5] At the 2015 Calgary International Film Festival, the film won the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature.[7] In December, the film was announced as part of TIFF's annual Canada's Top Ten screening series of the so-called ten best Canadian feature films of the year.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "GuantanamosChild Press Kit" (PDF). Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Stephen Hunt (26 September 2015). "CIFF: Guantanamo's Child features first interview with Omar Khadr". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Guantanamo's Child: Omar Khadr (programme note)". Toronto International Film Festival. 2015. Archived from the original on September 7, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "'Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr' Set To Make Its World Premiere At TIFF". ET Canada, August 5, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Peter Howell (5 August 2015). "Finally knowing the real Omar Khadr". Toronto Star. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Guantanamo's Child - Omar Khadr". Al Jazeera English, June 7, 2015.
  7. ^ "2015 Award Winners Announced". Calgary International Film Festival. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "TIFF reveals Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival line-up". The Globe and Mail, December 8, 2015.

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