Omar Khadr documentary looks into CSIS interrogation at Guantánamo Bay
The past eight years of Omar Khadr‘s life are well documented: in July 2002, the Toronto-born 15-year-old was accused of killing an American soldier with a hand grenade in Afghanistan. In 2003, Khadr was interrogated by a CSIS agent at Guantánamo Bay and has been imprisoned there ever since.
Now, a new film from two Montreal directors takes a closer look at what happened during that four-day CSIS interrogation. In You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantánamo (view the trailer above), co-directors Patricio Henriquez and Luc Côté paint a sympathetic picture of Khadr’s alleged mistreatment at the hands of Canadian officials.
The pair spent two years analyzing seven hours of grainy surveillance from the interrogation while gathering commentary from Khadr’s lawyers, a psychiatrist and various high-ranking officials. The film weaves these interviews with the footage, including one chilling scene in which the teenage Khadr cries out for his mother, lifting his shirt to reveal bullet wounds before pleading with the Canadian agent to save him from further alleged torture.
The film premiered at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal last week and will be shown at a special screening on Parliament Hill on October 20. You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantánamo opens in select theatres across Canada on October 29.
• Unanswered Questions: The story behind the Omar Khadr documentary, You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo [CBC News]