Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr

Director: Michelle Shephard, Patrick Reed Year: 2015 Run Time: 80min
Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr (2015)

In 2002, when Canadian-born Omar Khadr was 15 years old, he was caught by American troops in a firefight in the village of Ayub Kheyl, Afghanistan. Affiliated with the Taliban at the time, Khadr was imprisoned for throwing a grenade that resulted in the death of an American soldier, despite his being a minor.

His subsequent detention at Guantanamo Bay, a harsh prison on the southern coast of Cuba, became the topic of a major political debate, as child soldiers have not been prosecuted for war crimes since WWII.

Guantanamo’s Child gives Khadr a chance to speak for himself on camera for the first time. More than just a stirring story, this documentary delivers an engrossing intimate portrait of how a teenager from a Toronto suburb became the first juvenile to ever be tried for war crimes.


Michelle Shephard, Patrick Reed


Peter Raymont, Patrick Reed, Michelle Shephard






Guantanamo's Child: Omar Khadr is filmed and set in Ontario. Michelle Shephard and Patrick Reed are from Ontario.

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