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The Oath

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Screenings

Fri, Apr 30 8:00 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre

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Fri, May 7 5:00 PM
The ROM Theatre

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97 minutes | USA Yemen  | Arabic English  | Canadian Premiere | Rating: 14A


A poignant examination of America’s war on terror, The Oath offers a quietly disturbing look inside al-Qaida through the eyes of two brothers-in-law. Abu Jandal, a former bodyguard to Osama bin Laden who named names in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, currently works as a taxicab driver in Yemen, while Salim Hamdan, a former driver for bin Laden whom Jandal recruited, was held at Guantanamo Bay for years. Filmed in Yemen, The Oath follows Jandal as he poses his son on a blanket beside grenades and an AK-47, and talks with earnest men about bin Laden. Meanwhile, excerpts from letters written by Hamdan illuminate his cruel fate. The second documentary in a trilogy about post-9/11 America (the first film, My Country, My Country, earned both an Oscar nomination and a Peabody Award), The Oath deftly explores the twin tragedies of terrorism and America’s response to it.

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Media Coverage

Macleans (Capsule Review), NOW Magazine (4-star Review), Eye Weekly (5-star Review), About.com (Capsule Review)

Director(s)
Laura Poitras

Producer(s)
Laura Poitras
Co-Producers: Nasser Arrabyee
Aliza Kaplan
Jonathan Oppenheim

Executive Producer(s)
David Menschel
Sally Jo Fifer

Cinematographer(s)
Kirsten Johnson
Laura Poitras

Editor(s)
Jonathan Oppenheim

Composer(s)
Osvaldo Golijov

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