The Secret Trial 5

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Streaming on Hot Docs at Home Tue, Sep 8 12:00 PM
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Film Info
Runtime:84 min
Country Listing:Canada
Rating:Not yet rated (STC)
Cinema Extra
Display Category:Best of Hot Docs Cinema Collection
Free for Members
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Amar Wala
VR Director(s):TRUE


Imagine spending years in prison without being charged with a crime or knowing exactly what you’re accused of. A top-ten audience favourite at Hot Docs 2014, The Secret Trial 5 is a sobering examination of the Canadian government’s use of security certificates, which allow 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 tool has been used to detain five men for nearly 30 years combined. Through the experience of the detainees and their families, this doc raises poignant questions about the human impact of the "War on Terror."

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