The Oath

  • War
  • โ€ข
  • 1h 30m

The Oath tells the story of Abu Jandal, Osama bin Ladenโ€™s former bodyguard and Salim Hamdan, a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay Prison and the first man to face the controversial military tribunals. Filmed in Yemen and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, The Oath is a drama about two men whose fateful encounter in 1996 set them on a journey that would lead to Osama bin Laden, 9โ„11, Guantanamo Bay Prison, and the U.S. Supreme Court. The film begins as Salim Hamdan is set to face war crime charges at Guantanamo, and Abu Jandal is a free man and drives a taxi in Yemen. We enter the story in a taxicab in Yemen. Here we meet Abu Jandal, the filmโ€™s central protagonist, as he transports passengers through the chaotic streets of Yemenโ€™s capital city, Sanaโ€™a. Salim Hamdan is the filmโ€™s ghost protagonist. He was arrested in Afghanistan shortly after 9โ„11 and taken to Guantanamo. His seven-year captivity at Guantanamo is narrated through his prison letters.


Laura Poitras




United States