Having spent most of his adult life in the harsh detention camp of Guantanamo Bay, Omar Khadr’s name means different things to many people. But his story — and his return to Canada — are universally human.
The 28-year-old Canadian has been a polarizing figure since 2002, when, at only 15 years old, he was captured by Americans in Afghanistan and charged with war crimes. In 2010, after being held for years in the infamous Guantanamo Bay detention camp, he pled guilty to five war crimes, in return for a plea deal that gave him an eight-year sentence and a chance to return to Canada. He later recanted his confession, and the conviction is being appealed in U.S. courts.
After spending nearly half his life behind bars, including a decade at Guantanamo, Khadr was released in 2015. This documentary delivers an intimate portrait of how a teenager from a Toronto suburb became the center of one of the first U.S. war crime trials since WWII, and gives Khadr the opportunity to speak for himself on camera, for the first time, shortly after his release.
Guantanamo’s Child is based on her book about Omar Khadr.