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The Oath


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.


  • Village Voice
    This usefully meandering documentary probes the enduring stain of Guantánamo on its victims and on America.
  • Time Out
    What emerges is an illuminating, though terribly dismaying, portrait of the War on Terror's lasting effects.
  • Slant Magazine
    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.
  • Emanuel Levy
    A riveting documentary that unfolds as a political thriller.
  • Boston Globe
    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.
  • Video Librarian
    A fascinating subject... Highly recommended.

Festival Participation

  • 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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