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THE OATH

USA, 2010 (MIFF 2010, Documentaries)

Director: Laura Poitras

“A gripping psychological study of a conflicted former Al-Qaeda member.” - Screen International

Two brothers-in-law, Abu Jandal and Salim Hamdan - one Osama bin Laden's former bodyguard, the other his former personal driver - are the subjects of this riveting documentary about the ‘other side' of 9/11.

Following her Academy Award-nominated My Country, My Country, Laura Poitras traces the fallout of a critical betrayal that saw Jandal leave Al-Qaeda to drive a taxi in Yemen, and Hamdan sent to Guantanamo Bay.

Hamdan's landmark fight against the Goliath of the American justice system is a compelling story in itself, but Poitras's real triumph is her fascinating profile of Jandal, a man grappling with the emotional consequences of his betrayal.

“A dense tapestry of emotions, regrets, hidden truths.” - Senses of Cinema

D/P Laura Poitras WS Cat&Docs L Arabic, English w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2010

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