Hot Docs 2014: The Secret Trial 5 Review

The Secret Trial 5

The Secret Trial 5

Canadian Spectrum

An in depth look at an ongoing thirteen year nightmare for five Canadian families, The Secret Trial 5 examines the shadowy and highly unethical concept of detaining those suspected of having committed or potentially committing crimes to be held on “security certificates.” A remnant from the Cold War, these certificates state that the Canadian government can arrest and detain a subject for as long as they want without ever charging someone for a crime with a case based on secret evidence only the government can see and the accused and their legal counsel are not allowed to look at.

It’s not the prerogative of filmmaker Amar Wala to advocate for the innocence of those arrested, but to strikingly detail the pain of the unknown and the moral quandary faced by a government that clearly has something to hide. Told through the stories of several people who have been detained (and in some cases, released) since 2001, the film (which was screened in advance for press in an unfinished form) seems to be hedging bets on its own ending since an important part of the film will be decided later this spring, but the rest is a comprehensive look at a malleable, antiquated, useless legal loophole. (Andrew Parker)

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Screens

Saturday, April 26th, Isabel Bader Theatre, 9:45pm (RUSH ONLY)

Monday, April 28th, Isabel Bader Theatre, 1:30pm

Wednesday, April 30th, ROM, 4:30pm

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