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Award winning documentary The Secret Trial 5 needs your help for a Cross-Canada Tour!
Award winning documentary The Secret Trial 5 needs your help for a Cross-Canada Tour!
158 backers pledged CA$ 17,066 to help bring this project to life.

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Can you imagine spending years in prison, without knowing why youʼre there, and with no sense of when you will ever get out? Most Canadians wouldn’t think these are questions we would ever need to ask here at home, but the reality is we do.

The subjects of our film are known as ‘The Secret Trial 5.’ They are called that because after spending nearly 30 years combined in Canadian prisons under a little-known device called a security certificate, and enduring the strictest house arrest conditions in Canadian history, none of them has been charged with a crime or given access to the evidence against them. If you’re surprised to hear this, you’re not alone - it’s why we made the film.

After spending five long years working on a shoestring budget, we were so proud to premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival this spring. We’ve been screening at film festivals here at home and around the world since, and to a great response.

Now, it’s time to bring this film to people across Canada.   

What We’re Trying to Do

The majority of Canadians still don’t know about security certificates and their many shocking consequences. We want to change that.

Through a grassroots, cross-country screening tour, we want to bring The Secret Trial 5 to as many communities as possible, particularly those that wouldn’t otherwise have easy access to independent Canadian films. We’re going to start on the East Coast, and head West!

Why Now?

National security and human rights are once again a part of our national dialogue, and we feel the story of The Secret Trial 5 is more important than ever. We made this film for Canadians; now we need to bring it to them. A screening tour will help us reach people in communities big and small. It is an ideal way to encourage the fundamental conversations we’re having as a country right now - conversations about national security and individual freedom, immigration and refugee rights, and about government transparency.

We’ve already partnered with some amazing organizations and individuals across the country, but in order to make this tour a reality, we need your help.

How Your Donations Will be Used

All the money raised through Kickstarter will be used to fund this tour. From motel rooms to rental cars, to flyers, your money will help us put this film on screens, and bums in seats. The more money we raise, the more stops we can have. In other words, every dollar you contribute means more Canadians will see the film and learn about this important issue! 

What You’ll Get

To show our appreciation for your support, we’ve got a raft of exciting rewards, ranging from digital high fives to copies of the film, to special guest appearances!

Other Ways To Help

Even if you can’t make a financial contribution, you can still help make this tour happen! You can help us raise awareness by connecting with us on Facebook and Twitter and sharing this campaign widely across your networks.

You can also partner with us for a stop. If you want to bring The Secret Trial 5 to your community, let us know! The more passionate and eager an audience we have, the more people we’ll be able to reach.

Don’t be shy: get in touch!

Risks and challenges

Many of you know about the challenges documentary filmmakers face in today’s climate. Distribution has always been hard for independent Canadian filmmakers. Getting a small film out across our vast country is difficult, but we know we can do it with your help.

Thank you,

The ST5 Team

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About $9

    A thank you on our social media channels and website!

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    An advanced digital copy of The Secret Trial 5 through VHX (you can stream or download the film instantly at home) + A thank you on our social media channels and website

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    An advanced DVD copy of The Secret Trial 5 + Share the film with a friend or loved one, who will get a digital copy right in their inbox!

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $88

    An advanced DVD copy of The Secret Trial 5 + A frameable print of Animator Julian Brown’s incredible work from the film, signed by the artist + A digital download of our soundtrack + Share the film with 3 friends, who will get digital copies in their inbox

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    All of the above + A Blue Ice/Kinosmith DVD 3 pack of amazing documentaries + A full-size original poster of The Secret Trial 5

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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $438

    All of the above + Host your own private screening of the film, where Director Amar Wala will attend a post-screening Q + A in Toronto, or, if you’re out of town, he’ll Skype in! + Your own educational copy of the film, which includes public presentation rights - great for Organizations and Non-Profits!

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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About $876

    All of the above + We will thank you at each stop on our grassroots screening tour as a ‘Presenting Partner’ + A subscription to the Hot Docs' Doc Soup series in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, or Winnipeg.

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    Pledge CA$ 5,000 or more About $4,382

    All of the above + You will be an official 'Sponsor' of our tour! We will add your name to all our marketing materials, and FLY you out to join us at a tour stop of your choice! (If you fly out from a Canadian city).

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