Documentary: Exploring The lives of Those Affected by the Canadian Government’s Use of Security Certificates

One of this week’s assigned readings, “Canada’s Unwanted: Non-Citizens paid to leave, jailed without charge, die in secret” by Anna Paperny, reminded me of a documentary that Cinema Politica Concordia screened last semester.

“The Secret Trial 5” is a documentary that follows the lives of several individuals that spend years in prison without being charged with a crime or knowing exactly what they’re accused of. The film interogates the Canadian government’s use of security certificates, a tool that allows for indefinite detention without charges, based on evidence not revealed to the accused or their lawyers.

If any of you are interested here is a link to the trailer and more information about the project:


One comment

  1. Thanks for sharing! I hope this comes back to Montreal. It’s so important we foreground the ways in which the Canadian government perpetuates the orientation of bodies and spaces for their own agendas, and in a clandestine fashion so that many of us do not know what is going on.


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