PATRICIO HENRIQUEZ & LUC CÔTÉ
YOU DON'T LIKE THE TRUTH: 4 DAYS INSIDE GUANTANAMO (Luc Côté, Patricio Henriquez) See listing.
Luc Côté and Patricio Henriquez didn't set out to be crusaders.
Two years ago, when they saw 10 minutes of video footage of Omar Khadr's 2003 interrogation by Canadian interlocutors at Guantanamo Bay, they just wanted to put something online to indicate their disgust at the treatment of a teenage Canadian by the U.S. military without a word of protest from his own government. But then the full seven hours of Khadr's interrogation footage were released, and the pair realized they had a documentary on their hands.
The result is You Don't Like The Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo. Just back in Montreal from screening the film in Ottawa, Côté and Henriquez took a few minutes to talk about their work.
Has Omar Khadr seen the documentary?
Luc Côté: He's seen it twice. We weren't there, of course. The first time, he saw it with his lawyer, Dennis [Edney], who told us that he was riveted from the beginning to the end. At the end he didn't say a word, he just went back into this shell. And Dennis wanted to show it again, one more time, so he sees that there are lots of people around the world who are caring for him and feel that this is unjust. This is an incredible injustice that's been denounced by the United Nations. You don't treat a child soldier that way. You don't put him in jail and torture him. He needs to be rehabilitated. He needs to be back in Canada where he belongs. He was born in Toronto!
You just screened the film in Ottawa for members of Parliament. How'd that go?
LC: The Bloc Quebecois invited us to do a special screening at the Parliament, and they invited all the MPs. There were some Liberals and some NDP and a lot of MPs from the Bloc, but there were no Conservatives.
Patricio Henriquez: Not one single Conservative MP. They don't like to have another point of view [presented]; in the case of Khadr, and in a lot of other cases, they have their own agenda. This is very sad but not surprising. Democracy is based on dialogue, and dialogue is when you confront ideas that don't agree with yours.
LC: But it was a great screening. We had a good discussion, and we left copies for all the caucuses. If the Conservatives want to see it, they have copies that they can borrow - in French and in English.
PH: I don't know if Luc told you, but he got a call today from CSIS. They wanted to buy a copy of the film.
That must have been interesting.
Maybe they're thinking of suing us, but no matter. I think it's important that our film could be seen by a lot of people, even them. It's difficult to get this kind of audience. I'd like to be there when they watch it. Maybe they'll have questions, and maybe it's possible to hold a dialogue with them. But I don't think they will invite us.