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Filmmaker Laura Poitras talks about the making of The Oath.

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A military jury sentences terrorist suspect Salim Hamdan to time served, plus five months. Hamdan's defense lawyers talk about his case.

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Terrorist suspect Salim Hamdan's military tribunal begins at Guantanamo.

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U.S. military lawyer Brian Mizer talks about the case of Salim Hamdan, the former driver of Osama bin Laden.

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Prisoner Salim Hamdan is shown on grainy video footage from a jail cell in Afghanistan in November, 2001. Seventeen months later, Hamdan is imprisoned in Guantánamo.

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Former Osama bin Laden bodyguard Abu Jandal talks to his son about manners and helps him with his homework.

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Osama bin Laden's former bodyguard talks about meeting bin Laden for the first time.


Filmed in Yemen and Guantánamo, Poitras interweaves the stories of Abu Jandal, bin Laden's former bodyguard, and Salim Hamdan, a prisoner facing war crimes charges.

  • Updated on March 25, 2015

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The Oath (90 min.)

Premiere Date: September 21, 2010

Encore Broadcast Date: Aug. 16, 2011

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmaker: Laura Poitras Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: 2011 Encore Broadcast Press Release | Press Release | Fact Sheet | Critical Acclaim


Laura Poitras
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Critical Acclaim

Abu Jandal... is an extraordinary subject — handsome, lively, explicit, often eloquent, and bizarrely divided in his nature. [The Oath] is a fascinating documentary.”

— David Denby,
The New Yorker

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