Thursday, December 3 at 9pm, CBC re-broadcasts award-winning documentary Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows: http://www.cbc.ca/firsthand/episodes/omar-khadr-out-of-the-shadows
(Episode available within Canada only)
Directed by Pat Reed of White Pine Pictures and Toronto Star’s national security reporter, Michelle Shephard, the film was initially broadcast in late May 2015, three weeks following Omar’s release on bail. Promoted by the CBC in the days prior to the May broadcast, but with no advance screeners for critics and reviewers, the film was seen by 650,000 Canadians.
Much has changed since:
After spending nearly half his life incarcerated, Omar is living with Dennis and Patricia Edney and their sons in Edmonton. He’s been welcomed into the Edmonton community, enjoys bike rides and attending King’s College.
The newly elected federal government has indicated it will likely not appeal Omar’s bail ruling.
Leaks of former U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s emails reveal how delighted she was when Omar Khadr was released from Guantanamo Bay.
A longer version of the film, “Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr”, premiered to four sold out screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival and was honoured with the Audience Choice Award at the Calgary International Film Festival. Omar Khadr took part in the Q&A in Calgary. The film screened at the RIDM Documentary Film Festival in Montreal. And last week, it was featured in the Movies That Matter program at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam.
Following screenings at festivals in the USA, Human Rights Film Festivals around the world, and a special screening at the Frontline Club in London, UK, the film will open in theatres across Canada and the USA next year.