Directed by Laura Poitras (Flag Wars, POV 2003; the Oscar-nominated My Country, My Country, POV 2006), The Oath interweaves the stories of Abu Jandal, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard, and Salim Hamdan, a prisoner at Guantánamo Bay facing war crimes charges. The documentary 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.
After watching the film, visit POV’s The Oath companion site for interactive features about the film.
- The Oath is actually the second film in a trilogy by filmmaker Laura Poitras. The first film in the trilogy, My Country, My Country, aired on POV in 2006. Find out why Poitras chose to make this film about former Al Qaeda operatives in POV’s exclusive video interview.
- Listen to a conversation about the film between filmmaker Laura Poitras, Marketplace/American Public Media’s David Brancaccio and former Lt. Cmdr. Brian Mizer.
- Read Poitras’s production journal to understand the challenges of filming in Yemen and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
- Return to the site in September to watch the film again. The Oath will be available online in the weeks leading up to the 2011 News & Documentary Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 26. The Oath has been nominated for two Emmys in the outstanding investigative journalism and best documentary categories.