Omar Khadr’s “dignity has shined through”

0 Posted by - October 29, 2010 - Blog, Friday Film Pick, Screen

This week’s FFP is more of a clip than a “film” per se. But we have two solid reasons for selecting it. We’re releasing this footage of Omar Khadr’s lawyer Dennis Edney giving his very moving speech to a small crowd at Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema on October 14, 2010, following the premiere screening of You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo. We posted a review of this incredible documentary here on Art Threat some days ago and the response from our readers has been overwhelming and positive, so we thought you might appreciate this speech.

The second reason is that Khadr is in the news right now with recent reports of his apology to American Sgt Speer’s widow, who the CBC reports “was killed by Khadr’s grenade.” Although ALL evidence points to the contrary of the events Khadr has admitted to, even if we assume they are true, then he was a child soldier when they happened and needs to be released from the US and sent home to Canada immediately, then released from prison. We want to show that we aren’t forgetting about the context of this case and the injustices that have befallen Khadr via the US and Canadian governments.

You may want to turn up your volume, the audio is a little low.

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