Previously at the ICA - Films
24 Jun 2017
Filmed in Yemen and Guantanamo Bay, The Oath tells the story of Abu Jandal, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard and Salim Hamdan, a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay and the first man to face the controversial military commissions.
We enter the story in a taxicab in Yemen. Here we meet Abu Jandal, the film’s central protagonist, as he transports passengers through the chaotic streets of Yemen’s capital city, Sana’a. Salim Hamdan is the film’s “ghost” protagonist: his seven-year captivity at Guantanamo Bay is narrated through his prison letters. Following the story of these two men, The Oath takes the viewer on a journey that leads to Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden, the Guantanamo Bay military prison, FBI interrogations and the US Supreme Court.
The Oath, dir. Laura Poitras, US/Yemen 2010, 96 mins.