Accused of killing an American soldier with a grenade during a firefight in Afghanistan in July 2002, most of the evidence against Canadian Omar Khadr is based on a series of confessions Omar allegedly made at the age of 15 while in U.S. custody at the military base in Bagram and later in Guantanamo. Omar's defense team claims that these are false confessions extracted under torture. They also argue that he was a child who was dragged into the world of al-Qaeda and left with strangers, ordered by his father to be a translator. This documentary offers Omar's first-hand account of torture, as well as a detailed recreation of the fateful firefight, interviews with eyewitnesses and an examination of the much-criticized Guantanamo military commissions.
Breaking Ranks is a moving documentary about the plight of four U.S. soldiers seeking sanctuary in Canada as part of their resistance to the war in Iraq. With intimate access to four American military deserters, their lawyers and families, this film documents their experiences as they try to exercise their consciences amidst profound emotional, ethical and international consequences.