JAYU will be co-presenting Guantanamo Child: Omar Khadr at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Friday, February 19 at 6:30PM. There are also additional screenings on Saturday, February 20 at 6:30PM and Sunday, February 21 at 8:45PM. Co-director Patrick Reed will be in attendance for a Q&A following the Friday, February 19 screening. Co-director Michelle Shephard will be in attendance for a Q&A following the Saturday, February 20 screening.
Last year, Toronto-born Omar Khadr was released after 13 years of imprisonment, including a decade at the notorious Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Captured at age 15 in Afghanistan, Khadr has spent most of his life fighting an uphill battle for freedom, first in a U.S. war crimes trial—he is the youngest person to be convicted of a war crime in modern history—and then against the Canadian government under Stephen Harper—which tried to persuade the Alberta Supreme Court that Khadr was a risk to the public. Finally, we are able to meet the resilient and earnest Khadr in person with this incredible portrait, a Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds recipient, which also includes interviews with family, fellow inmates and more. "I don't wish people to love me, I don't wish people to hate me.” Khadr says. “I just wish for people to give me a chance.”