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The Oath

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Filmed in Yemen and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, The Oath interweaves the stories of Abu Jandal, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard, and Salim Hamdan, a prisoner at Guantánamo facing war crimes charges. Directed by Oscar winning Laura Poitras, The Oath unfolds via a narrative rife with plot reversals and betrayals that ultimately leads to Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantánamo and the U.S. Supreme Court.


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Running Time: 96 min.
Subject(s): Conflicts, Investigative Journalism, Middle Eastern Studies, Politics, War
Language(s): Arabic, English
Subtitles: English
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Producer(s): Praxis Films
Production Company: Praxis Films

Press

  • This usefully meandering documentary probes the enduring stain of Guantánamo on its victims and on America.
    Village Voice
  • What emerges is an illuminating, though terribly dismaying, portrait of the War on Terror's lasting effects.
    Time Out
  • The Oath looks deep into the eyes of the enemy, and while his surface may be that of a modern terrorist, the soul of Abu Jandal is something far more challenging and heart-wrenchingly human.
    Slant Magazine
  • A riveting documentary that unfolds as a political thriller.
    Emanuel Levy
  • A documentary that at its start purports to be the tale of two terrorists, the film keeps deepening and widening until it becomes a subtle, stubborn moral drama about users and the used.
    Boston Globe
  • A fascinating subject... Highly recommended.
    Video Librarian

Festival & Awards

  • Sundance Film Festival
    Excellence in Cinematography Award
  • Berlin Film Festival
  • SXSW
  • New Directors, New Films
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival
    Grand Jury Award Feature Documentary
  • Full Frame
    Special Jury Award
  • Hot Docs Film Festival
    Special Jury Award
  • True/False Film Festival
    True Vision Award
  • Sarasota International Film Festival
    Jury Award Best Documentary
  • Boston International Film Festival
    Jury Award Best Documentary

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