‘Guantanamo’s Child’ Lands News and Documentary Emmy Nomination

Omar Khadr speaks to the media for the first time ever on the day he is granted bail; May 7, 2015.
Photo courtesy of White Pine Pictures

By Pat Mullen

White Pine Pictures represents Canada among the nominees announced today for the News and Documentary Emmy Awards. Its documentary Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr received a nomination in the category of Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form. The film previously made Canada’s Top Ten, earned two Directors Guild of Canada nominations, and screened to great acclaim for its timely snapshot of a hot button topic before airing on Al Jazeera America. The film, directed by Patrick Reed and co-directed by Michele Shepard, lets Canadian Guantanamo prison detainee Omar Khadr tell his own story in his own words. Also nominated alongside Reed and Shepard is Executive Producer Peter Raymont.

Other nominees in the category include the HBO doc 3 1/2 Bullets, 10 Minutes and three episodes from PBS’s_Frontline_ with ‘Outbreak’. ‘Inside Assad’s Syria’, and ‘Secrets, Politics and Torture’. Winners will be announced September 21 in an event that will be attended by more than 1,000 television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers and journalists.