The Oath

Overview

Two men who were part of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network look back on their past with strongly mixed feelings in this documentary from director Laura Poitras. Before the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., made Osama bin Laden and his jihad against the West known to nearly every American, Abu Jandal was one of bin Laden's bodyguards, and he helped recruit Salim Hamdan, who served as bin Laden's personal driver. Jandal was able to escape prosecution and fled to Yemen, where he now makes a ...
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Overview

Two men who were part of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network look back on their past with strongly mixed feelings in this documentary from director Laura Poitras. Before the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., made Osama bin Laden and his jihad against the West known to nearly every American, Abu Jandal was one of bin Laden's bodyguards, and he helped recruit Salim Hamdan, who served as bin Laden's personal driver. Jandal was able to escape prosecution and fled to Yemen, where he now makes a living driving a taxi. Jandal still regards America as a sworn enemy, but also views his days in Al-Qaeda with little nostalgia, and he anticipates no hopeful future before him. Jandal also feels deep regret over the fate of Hamdan, who ended up in the United States military prison at Guantanamo Bay and was tried as a terrorist, despite his insistence he was bin Laden's chauffeur and nothing more. Hamdan's family and legal team struggle on his behalf without any illusions about his likely fate, and when Jandal speaks out to the press in his old friend's defense, Hamdan sends him a sharply worded letter asking him to stop. The Oath was an official selection at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
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Special Features

New anamorphic transfer, created from hd elements; Additional footage and interviews; Theatrical trailers
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2010
  • UPC: 795975113038
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Rating:

  • Source: Zeitgeist Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 32,663

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Abu Jandal Participant
Salim Hamdan Participant
Technical Credits
Laura Poitras Director, Cinematographer, Producer
Nasser Arrabyee Co-producer
Sally Jo Fifer Executive Producer
Osvaldo Golijov Score Composer
Kirsten Johnson Cinematographer
Aliza Kaplan Co-producer
David Menschel Executive Producer
Jonathan Oppenheim Co-producer, Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Oath
1. Brothers [:11]
2. Meeting Bin Laden [7:58]
3. Guilte By Association [3:33]
4. The One of Death [4:44]
5. Hamdan v Rumsfeld [11:36]
6. Tom and Jerry [3:35]
7. Sisters [7:15]
8. Prosecution [3:38]
9. The Art of Affecting [4:55]
10. "The Emir of Hospitality? [8:49]
11. Squandered Opportunity [7:37]
12. The Dialogue Committee [1:26]
13. Interrogation [6:39]
14. Verdict [7:55]
15. The Verse of the Throne [8:29]
16. End Credits [3:12]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Oath
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Subtitles
      English Sdh: On
      English Sdh: Off
   Special Features
      Additional Footage
         Taxi Driver
         Homework
         Sana's Streets
         Abu Jandal Extended Interview:
            Part 1: Jihad, Bosnia & Tajikistan (1986-1996)
            Part 2: Al-Qaeda, Bin Laden & Training Camps (1996-2000)
            Part 3: Death, Salim & Regrets (2000-2009)
      Theatrical Trailer
      My Country, My Country Trailer
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