Wrongly accused of a crime in Saudi Arabia, Canadian William Sampson spent more than two years in solitary confinement in a Saudi jail. He was tortured into confessing to a fatal car bombing and sentenced to death.
Sampson continues to decry the diplomatic efforts of the Canadian government, claiming officials were too timid in their negotiations while he languished in prison, waiting for his public execution. Media around the world have followed his story of persecution from the beginning. Through sheer determination and hope, William survived and now reaches out to others with his inspiring words. His is a story of survival under the most physically and mentally trying circumstances, and one of frustration and outrage towards an institution that failed to protect one of its own.
Festivals: 2005 (Year Round)