(Canada, 84 min.)
Dir. Amar Wala
Programme: Canadian Spectrum (World Premiere)
|Security certificates allow for the indefinite detention of non-citizens |
for reasons of national security.
The Secret Trial 5 presents one of the most troubling exposés in recent memory. It is, frankly, disturbing to hear such a tale about Canadian politics. This ripped-from-the-headlines documentary directed by Amar Wala boldly confronts the murky and generally unknown unconstitutionality of security certificates. Security certificates, The Secret Trial 5 explains, allow for the indefinite jailing of non-Canadian citizens. These backwards laws permit people living in Canada to be arrested and detained in the name of national security without charge and without a presentation of evidence. The decade-long fight chronicled in The Secret Trial 5 makes a convincing case that the time has come for the Canadian government to redraft its policy.