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3 British Columbia Screenings Coming Up!

Posted on Thursday, April 02, 2015.

We’ll be screening in B.C. THREE days in a row, this week!

Castlegar, BC - Thursday Feb 5th - 7pm
Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College
301 Frank Beinder Way
Details HERE.

Nelson, BC - Friday Feb 6th - 7pm
Selkirk College
820 - 10th Street
Details HERE.

Courtenay, BC - Saturday Feb 7th - 10am
The World Community Film Festival
Upper Native Sons Hall

Come on out and spread the word, tell friends & family! And stay tuned for our tour dates coming soon!

By the ST5 Team

Our Tour Dates Announced! ST5 Coming to a City Near You...

Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of The Secret Trial 5 grassroots, cross-Canada screening tour:

Montreal, QC
Thursday, March 12 at Cinema du Parc, 7pm

Advance Tickets

Antigonish, NS
Friday, March 13 at St. Francis Xavier University, 7pm

(StFX campus) Schwartz School of Business Room 215

Halifax, NS
Saturday, March 14 at Ondaatje Hall, Dalhousie University, 2pm

Advance Tickets

Kingston, ON
Sunday, March 15 at The Screening Room, 4pm AND 7pm

Tickets available at the door

North York, ON
Tuesday, March 17 at the Price Family Cinema, York University, 11:30am

FREE screening!

London, ON
Wednesday, March 18 at the Hyland Cinema, 7pm

Advance Tickets

Waterloo, ON
Thursday, March 19 at Princess Cinemas, 6:30pm

Advance Tickets

Guelph, ON
Saturday, March 21 at The Bookshelf, 2pm

Advance Tickets

Winnipeg, MB
Sunday, March 22 at the Bandwidth Theatre, 3:30pm AND 7:30pm

Tickets available at the door
Screening March 20th-26th at the Bandwidth!

Saskatoon, SK
Monday, March 23 at the Broadway Theatre, 7pm

Advance Tickets

Surrey, BC
Tuesday, March 24 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey Campus, 7pm

Fir Building, Room 128
FREE screening!

Vancouver, BC
Wednesday, March 25 at the Vancity Theatre, 6:30pm

Advance Tickets

We would like to acknowledge the generous support of Jayu Human Rights Festvial, Inter Pares, and Open Cinema, as well as all 158 of our Kickstarter Backers for making this tour possible!

For more information, check out our Facebook and Eventbrite pages. We hope you will be able to join us in one of our 12 stops!



By the ST5 Team


Posted on Friday, October 24, 2014.

Dear Friends,

We hoped to write you today with some very exciting news, but given the events unfolding in Ottawa this week, our celebratory tone has been replaced by a feeling of sadness, as well as a sense of responsibility.

We feel we are about to have a very important conversation as a country, and that The Secret Trial 5 has an important role within that dialogue. Now more than ever, we need to ensure that the human narrative is not lost in this discussion.

Given that, we are proud to announce that The Secret Trial 5 will have its theatrical premiere in Toronto at the Bloor-Hot Docs Cinema on November 7th, 2014. The film will screen 5 times over the following week, before moving on to Ottawa for a 3 night run at the Bytowne Cinema beginning on November 16th.

This small theatrical run is essential, as the success of these screenings will determine whether other theatres across Canada program the film. As always, we turn to you to help spread the word. Please encourage your friends and loved ones in Toronto and Ottawa to go see the film!

Tickets for Toronto screenings can be purchased HERE:


Advance tickets for the Ottawa screenings are available the day of each screening.
Details here.


On Sunday Nov 16, there will be a filmmaker Q + A, along with special guests Sophie Harkat, wife of security certificate detainee Mo Harkat, and Lawyer Norm Boxal after the screening.

We are ever grateful for your support, and with your help, we hope The Secret Trial 5 can play in other cities across Canada and be a part of our upcoming national dialogue.

Thank you very much,

The ST5 Team.

By the ST5 Team

Amnesty International Film Festival - Vancouver: Audience Choice Award

Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2014.

We are honoured to announce that we won the Audience Choice Award at the Amnesty International Film Festival - Vancouver! Thank you all who attended. More big news coming soon! Continue to spread the word!!!


By the ST5 Team

More Festvial Dates

Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Western Canada, here we come! We're very excited to announce our acceptance to Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF)! We’ll be screening Sept 21 & 23. Spread the word! Tickets & details here.

Writer/Director Amar Wala will be at both screenings and Q&As. Be sure to come out!


The Budapest International Documentary Festival (BIDF) kicks off today! Check out the beautiful, historic Corvin cinema The Secret Trial 5 will be playing in! Screening details here.


By the ST5 Team

Exciting News from ST5!

Posted on Friday, August 15, 2014.

Dear ST5 Friends,

We've got some GREAT NEWS to share...

Firstly, some wonderful news from Montreal: Adil Charkaoui has received his Canadian citizenship. This is a significant moment, as it is further vindication for Adil, who spent 6 years living under a security certificate without charge. Join us in extending hearty congratulations to the entire Charkaoui family!

From the Justice for Adil Charkaoui Committee, the people who faithfully supported Adil, "...this is a victory for the thousands of people of very diverse backgrounds and different beliefs, who joined forces to march, write letters, speak out, contribute funds, host and organize events, sit through the endless court hearings, offer moral support to Charkaoui and his family...Most of all, it was a victory for the courage and strength of Adil and his family, who refused to be destroyed but retained their full dignity and integrity throughout the years of struggle." Read more...


But that’s not the only piece of good news we had this week. We are delighted to announce that we are partnering with Blue Ice Docs to distribute The Secret Trial 5 in Canada! Blue Ice Docs is a new company, headed by Robin Smith of Kinosmith Inc., who we admire greatly. We are honoured to be part of their incredible FIRST line up, and to be their FIRST Canadian documentary.

Stay tuned for updates on when and where the film will screen. If you want to see it in your city or town, let us know! Write us at:


With their help, we will be able to reach more people than ever before. They have embraced our community-based approach to distribution and believe strongly that this is a film every Canadian needs to see. We couldn’t ask for a better partner.

Stay tuned for updates on when and where the film will screen. If you want to see it in your city or town, let us know! Write us at:


Last weekend, ST5 was named the BEST DOCUMENTARY at the Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival in Mississauga. This is a tremendous honour, as we were in some incredible company in the doc category.

We hope to have more good news for you shortly, as we expect to play at more festivals, and find more partners to help get the film out there. The Supreme Court may have found security certificates constitutional, but we firmly believe that the more Canadians know about this issue, the less likely they are to be used in the future.

Stay tuned for more festival and theatrical dates in a city near you!

Thank you,

The ST5 Team

Noah Bingham


Posted by Noah Bingham on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.


Dear Friends,

We are delighted to announce that our upcoming film festival will be at the
Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival!

AUGUST 10TH 12:30pm
Landmark Square One Cinemas, Square One
100 City Centre Drive, Mississauga


JOIN THE FACEBOOK EVENT: Spread the word, share & invite!

For more info, follow @mosaic_misaff & #MISAFF14

Stay tuned for MORE festival announcements and dates coming soon!

By the ST5 Team

Coming to a Display Case Near You!

Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014.

We have worked on this project for 5 years. Many of you have been with us since those early days, some of you are new. To celebrate our theatrical release, we are very excited to unveil the official poster for The Secret Trial 5!

Many thanks to the talented Julian Brown, who did the animations for the film, for his design handiwork. For some of you crowdfunders out there, this poster is coming to you!

By the ST5 Team

Summer Update: "I will fight" - Sophie Harkat. Then so will we.

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014.

Dear ST5 Friends,

As many of you know, the Supreme Court recently made a decision on the use of security certificates in Canada. Unfortunately, the process was found constitutional. It left many of us puzzled and angry, most of all Sophie and Mohamed Harkat who now face several more years of potential legal limbo.


“I will fight,” said Sophie Harkat at a press conference on Parliament Hill the day after the ruling. If the Harkats have the strength to go on, then so do we. Our goal now is to use the film to provide the much needed human context to this decision. We will use the film to spread awareness and engage Canadians. We want the reaction we saw at Hot Docs - one of anger, frustration, and empathy - to spread across this country. We can do it with your help!


We have been busy applying to festivals across the country and internationally. Wish us luck! IN FACT, TWEET the following festivals and encourage them to screen @secrettrial5! Tell them why this is an important film!

@VIFFest, @thefilmfest, @CinefestSudbury, @calgaryfilm, @RIDM

Spread the word! Share! Tell your friends!


On a more positive note, ST5 was recently screened at “Docs for Change.” Amar was the first guest filmmaker for this incredible program, created by the DOC Institute and MCIS Language Services, which utilizes doc filmmaking techniques to inspire civic engagement and combat isolation in newcomer communities across the GTA. It was an incredibly rewarding experience that we hope to be part of again.

Stay tuned for more news to come!


The ST5 team.

Amar Wala

Supreme Court Decision this Wednesday - May 14, 2014

Posted by Amar Wala on Monday, May 05, 2014.

Moe Harkat at the Supreme Court of Canada - October 2013

The long awaited decision in Mohamed Harkat's Supreme Court Challenge is being delivered this Wednesday at 9:45 am!

The last time the court deliberated on security certificates, they unanimously found them to be unconstitutional. Let's hope Justice can prevail once and for all. We'll be there filming, follow us on twitter and facebook for updates!