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You Don't Like The Truth: Four Days Inside Guantanamo is a documentary about Omar Khadr.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The film focuses on the controversial visits of Canadian officials to Guantanamo to see Khadr. In 2003 American security officials invited security officials of friendly countries to interrogate their nationals at Guantanamo. When Canadian security officials interrogated Khadr US officials used hidden cameras to record the interrogations. The recordings of the interrogations made over the course of the first four days Canadian security officials visited him were provided to Canada's security agencies, and Canadian courts ruled that redacted versions of the tapes be made public.

The film is built around the recordings from his interrogations, buttressed by interviews with Khadr's former guards, former cell-mates, present and former lawyers, security officials, and experts on the psychological damage torture inflicts on its victims. Initially Khadr is enthused to be visited by Canadian officials. He seems to regard their questions as only background questions that will precede Canada using diplomatic channels to improve his conditions or get him repatriated to Canada.

Early in the interview process Khadr informs the Canadian officials that the information from the dossier the Americans have built on him is largely unreliable, as it was built on false confessions coerced from him under torture, abusive interrogation, and the fear of torture. The Canadian officials clearly don't believe him. They mock him. They mock his assertions that he has been held under harsh conditions -- which the film confirms with interviews with his former guards. They mock his assertions

The film premiered at the the Festival du Nouveau Cinema, in Montreal in October 2010.[1] The film was shown to Canadian Parliamentarians in October 2010. Khadr's defence attorney's planned to show the film during their summation, if Khadr's trial had gone1 forward.

According to the Montreal Gazette the film-makers, Luc Cote and Patricio Henriquez, also produced a series of short youtube videos as a companion to the feature length documentary.[2]

Shortly before the film's premiere Canada lost its bid for one of the rotating seats on the United Nation's Security Council.[3] According to Rhéal Séguin, writing in the Globe and Mail, the filmmakers "are convinced one reason Canada failed to get a seat on the United Nations Security Council was because the federal government has been condemned by many countries for failing to respect Mr. Khadr’s human rights and the provisions of the international convention on child soldiers."

The film had its international premiere at a film festival in Amsterdam in November 2010.[4]

In April 2011 the film was shown at the World Cinema Showcase in Wellington, New Zealand.[5][7]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bryn Weese. MPS get chance to view Khadr documentary, Toronto Sun, 2010-10-17. Retrieved on 2010-10-17. “The documentary, You Don't Like The Truth: Four Days Inside Guantanamo, premiered at Montreal's Festival du Nouveau Cinema last week and will be played at Khadr’s trial by his lawyers during their final arguments.”
  2. 2.0 2.1 Brendan Kelly. Two filmmakers take footage of Omar Khadr interrogation to create YouTube videos and carry on to a feature documentary, Montreal Gazette, 2010-10-18. “You Don't Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo couldn't be more timely. The core of this extraordinary feature documentary is the much-discussed video footage of interrogations of Omar Khadr by Canadian Security Intelligence Service agents that was made public following a Supreme Court of Canada ruling two years ago.”
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rhéal Séguin. Khadr interrogation documentary could be aired in court, Globe and Mail, 2010-10-17. Retrieved on 2010-10-18. “Mr. Côté said Mr. Khadr’s lawyers were poised to use the documentary as part of their plea before a military judge. Instead of a four-week trial, a short sentencing session is now expected to begin on Oct. 25.”
  4. 4.0 4.1 Khadr documentary to be shown to MPs, CBC News, 2010-10-18. Retrieved on 2010-10-18. “The documentary was turned down for film funding from both federal and provincial agencies and did not make the cut for other festivals across the country. It is scheduled to be screened at an Amsterdam film festival next month.”
  5. 5.0 5.1 Daniel Rutledge. You Don't Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo review, 3 News, 2011-04-06. Retrieved on 2010-10-. “Anyone who appreciated documentaries of previous festivals like Taxi to the Dark Side or Road to Guantanamo will need no encouraging to get a ticket to You Don’t Like The Truth. Anyone else who is interested in contemporary human rights issues should also go along. This is far from an easy watch but nonetheless comes highly recommended.”
  6. Nelson Wyatt. Khadr showed no emotion watching film on his interrogation, Toronto Star, 2010-10-17. “A new Quebec documentary about Omar Khadr’s grilling by Canadian intelligence agents will be included in final arguments by his lawyers at his war-crimes trial, the directors say. Dennis Edney, Khadr’s Canadian lawyer, gave co-directors Luc Cote and Patricio Henriquez the news when he attended the premiere of “You Don’t Like The Truth: Four Days Inside Guantanamo” at the Festival du nouveau cinema.”
  7. World Cinema Showcase 2011, 2011-04.