2010. USA. Laura Poitras. 96 min.
Introduced by Poitras
Sunday, May 2, 2010, 5:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
2010. USA. Directed by Laura Poitras. A highlight of this year’s New Directors/New Films festival that begins a theatrical run at the IFC Center on May 7, The Oath interweaves the stories of Abu Jandal, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard (now driving a cab in Yemen), and Salim Hamdan, a Guantanamo Bay prisoner charged with war crimes. Filming over a two-year period, Poitras takes us deep inside the world of Al Qaeda, Guantanamo, and U.S. interrogation methods through a dramatic structure filled with plot reversals, betrayals, and never-before-seen intelligence documents. The second film in Poitras's planned trilogy on post-9/11 America—the first, My Country My Country (2006), was nominated for an Academy Award—The Oath is an intricately constructed work that keeps the viewer off balance. Shading the complexities of her subjects, Poitras delivers an intimate portrait that precludes easy conclusions as it builds to question the methods of America’s war on terror with uncommon eloquence. In Arabic, English; English subtitles. 96 min.