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"The Oath"

Friday, May 07, 2010

Filmmaker Laura Poitras discusses her documentary “The Oath,” about the divergent paths of Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard, Abu Jandal, and driver, Salim Hamdan. Their intertwined personal stories shed light on a world that has confounded the West, and the film offers an unsettling glimpses of the international impact of the U.S. War on Terror and a rare window into the world of Al-Qaeda. “The Oath” opens Friday, May 7, at IFC Center.

Events: Laura Poitras will be in appearing person
Friday, May 7, 7:45 and 9:55 pm screenings
Saturday, May 8, 7:45 and 9:55 pm screenings
More information and tickets here.

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Comments [8]

Ben Jammin from NYC

John from Office: Time to get out more man. There already WAS a film about Daniel Pearl, it's called A Mighty Heart and it stars Angelina Jolie.

What I love about this film is that it doesn't really take sides and I have to disagree with John that it rationalizes anything. Why don't you see the film first and then comment. But thanks for the free publicity!

May. 07 2010 03:12 PM
William from Manhattan

I've seen The Oath, and am grateful to Laura Poitras for telling the human story behind Hamdan v Rumsfeld. Our fight against Al-Qaeda is part and parcel of our defense of the Constitution and support for the Geneva Conventions. If we fail in any of these, we fail in them all.

May. 07 2010 01:16 PM
john from office

It is not pro Jihad, but rationalizes the behavior. Would she rationalize the Nazi party.

May. 07 2010 12:39 PM
john from office

How about some films on the beheading of Mr. Pearl. ??, No another film on US actions.

May. 07 2010 12:36 PM
john from office

What would she have us do, nothing??

May. 07 2010 12:35 PM
john from office

The rationalization of terror is the problem. These people should be killed. End of story.

May. 07 2010 12:34 PM
john from office

She said of Mr. Walker, "not that he deserved it" the twenty years. He was a traitor to his flag and country and raised arms against americans. Is she that biased that she cannot see the wrong in that. He should die in jail.

May. 07 2010 12:33 PM
William from Manhattan

Is it true that Ms. Poitras found herself on the US no-fly list after opening "The Oath"?

May. 07 2010 12:24 PM

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