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The Secret Trial 5

Amar Wala / Canada / 2014 / 84 ' / English / S.T. French


Darby MacInnis
Triton Hall
Amar Wala & Noah Bingham
Web Developer: Mike Boers
Outreach Coordinator: Catherine Lathwell
Researcher: Madeleine Cohen

Awards & Festivals

World Premiere: Hot Docs, Toronto, 2014
Honourable Mention: Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award, Hot Docs, Toronto, 2014

Upcoming Screenings

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How did five men spend nearly 30 years in prison combined without being charged with a crime?


Imagine spending years in prison without being charged with a crime, or knowing exactly what you're accused of. A film about the human impact of the War on Terror, The Secret Trial 5 is a sobering examination of the Canadian government's use of security certificates, a tool that allows for indefinite detention without charges, based on evidence not revealed to the accused or their lawyers. Over the last decade, this rare and highly controversial device has been used to detain five Muslim men for nearly 30 years combined. To date, none has been charged with a crime or seen the evidence against them. Through the experience of the detainees and their families, the film raises poignant questions about the balance between security and liberty. 


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