The Oath

Director: Laura Poitras
Original title: Oath
Country: United States
Year of release: 2010
Runtime: 97 minutes
Colour: Colour
Language: English, Arabic
Subtitles: English
Projection format: DigiBeta PAL

Producer: Laura Poitras, Jonathan Oppenheim, Aliza Kaplan, Robert Hatch-Miller, Jennifer Filippazzo, Nasser Arrabyee
Camera: Laura Poitras
Editing: Jonathan Oppenheim
Sound: Dominic Tavella, Damian Volpe
Music: Osvaldo Golijov

1 jihad 2 American dream 3 pictures from Guantanamo 4 in the Yemeni capital 5 two men accused of terrorism 6 both embody Western image of terrorists 7 film looks at the ambiguity of personalities 8 prisoner speaks through archival video, photographs and letters 9 at one point charismatic religious extremist; at another, pacifist 10 micro-macro documentary in which individual stories stand for big issues Osama bin Ladin's driver Salim Hamdan is imprisoned at the American base at Guantanamo; his brother-in-law managed to escape and today makes a living as a taxi driver - the evocative stories of two men embodying the state of the world after September 11.

The Oath

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