* Sundance
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* Sundance - Excellence in Cinematography Award
* Edinburgh - Grand Jury Award Feature Documentary
* Full Frame - Special Jury Award
* Hot Docs - Special Jury Award
* True/False - True Vision Award
* Sarasota - Jury Award Best Documentary
* IFFBoston - Jury Award Best Documentary

The Oath

Category |Human Interest, Human Rights, Investigative, Politics
Year | 2010
Country | USA
Running time | 96’44”
Format | HD 16:9
Production | Praxis Films
Director | Laura Poitras

Director Laura Poitras’ documentary “The Oath” is the second installment in a planned trilogy that includes her previous film “My Country, My Country” (2006), which was nominated for an Academy Award, Independent Spirit Award, and Emmy Award. “The Oath,” which is screening as part of the Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Documentary Competition, “is the interlocking drama of two brothers-in-law, Abu Jandal and Salim Hamdam, whose associations with al Qaeda in the 1990s propelled them on divergent courses. The film delves into Abu Jandal’s daily life as a taxi driver in Sana’a, Yemen, and Hamdan’s military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay prison. Abu Jandal and Hamdan’s personal stories—how they came to serve as Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard and driver respectively—act as prisms through which to humanize and contextualize a world the Western media demonizes. As Hamdan’s trial progresses, his military lawyers challenge fundamental flaws in the court system. As charismatic Abu Jandal dialogues with his son, Muslim students, and journalists, he generously unveils the complex evolution of his belief system since 9/11.”

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