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PBS Premiere: Sept. 21, 2010Check local listings »
Encore Broadcast: Aug. 16, 2011


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 Laura Poitras (Flag Wars, POV 2003; the Oscar®-nominated My Country, My Country, POV 2006), 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. Winner of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Excellence in Cinematography Award: Documentary. A co-production of ITVS in association with American Documentary/POV.

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Laura Poitras
Filmmaker Interview
Meeting Osama Bin Laden
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Salim Imprisoned
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Salim's Case Progresses
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Salim's Sentence
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Salim's Work for Al Qaeda
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