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The Oath

Laura Poitras
Screening time  
08.04. / Friday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 4 Ticket

The second documentary in the director’s trilogy about the USA after the 9/11 terrorist attack follows the fate of two protagonists – Abu Jandal, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard, and Salim Hamdan, one of the first terrorism suspects to be judged by the notorious American court martial. Made in Yemen and Cuba, The Oath is a family drama about the fatal encounter of two men and their intertwined destinies that would take them to Al-Qaeda, the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison and the chaotic streets of Sana. Penetrating into the hidden worlds, oppressive power structures and violence pyramids, Laura Poitras continues to unmask the ties between global politics and individual destinies.


Laura Poitras

Laura Poitras is a filmmaker, journalist, and artist from USA. Her film Citizenfour won an Oscar for Best Documentary, along with awards from BAFTA, Emmys, and the Directors Guild of America. Her reporting on the NSA and Edward Snowden received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Part one of the trilogy, Academy Award-nominated My Country, My Country about the US occupation of Iraq, premiered at the Berlinale. Part two, The Oath, on Guantanamo Bay Prison and the war on terror, also screened at the Berlinale. She is the recipient of a MacArthur fellowship, and many other awards, including a Peabody, Independent Spirit, and two Gotham awards. She was placed on a US government terrorist watchlist in 2006 because of her work documenting post-9/11 America. In 2015, she filed a successful lawsuit to obtain her classified FBI files.

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The Oath

2010, 90'

Directed by:
Laura Poitras

Kirsten Johnson, Laura Poitras

Edited by:
Jonathan Oppenheim

Osvaldo Golijov

Laura Poitras, David Menschel, Sally Jo Fifer

Produced by:
Praxis Films, ITVS International

Festivals & Awards:

Sundance FF: Best Documentary Cinematography (2010) 
True/False FF: True Vision Award (2010)
Berlin (2010)
CPH:DOX (2010)
Cinema Eye Honors Awards: Outstanding Achievement in Direction (2011)


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