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Oath [Import]

Osama bin Laden , Salim Hamdan , Laura Poitras    Unrated   DVD

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From the director of the Oscar-nominated My Country, My Country, The Oath is a spectacularly gripping documentary that unfolds like a great political thriller. It's the crosscut tale of two men whose fateful meeting propelled them on divergent courses with Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantanamo and the U.S. Supreme Court. Abu Jandal is a taxi driver in Sana'a, Yemen; his brother-in-law Salim Hamdan is a Guantanamo prisoner and the first man to face the controversial military tribunals. Jandal and Hamdan's intertwined personal trajectories - how they became bin laden's bodyguard and driver respectively - act as prisms that serve to explore a world that has confounded Western media. As Hamdan's trial progresses, his military lawyers challenge fundamental flaws in the court system; the charismatic Jandal dialogues with his young son, Muslim students and journalists, and chillingly unveils the complex evolution of his belief system post 9/11. Winner of Best Documentary Cinematography at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, The Oath Offer a rare window into a hidden realm - and into the international impact of the U.S. War on Terror.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They Worked for Bin Laden May 25 2011
By Cary B. Barad - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Not a dramatic re-enactment, but a skillfully done and even-handed documentary with interviews focusing on the trials and tribulations of Osama Bin Laden's personal driver and ex-bodyguard. The former is shown living in Yemen and working as a self-employed taxi driver after attending a government anti-jihadist re-education program,. The latter is depicted as detained on shaky legal grounds at Guantanamo and fighting for his release.

Very interesting and rarely seen street scenes of Yemen. Also includes extensive interviews with the protagonists and their family members, as well as with legal and religious officials. This film was completed before Bin Laden was killed, which gives the viewer a unique perspective for interpreting its significance.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bin Laden's Inner Circle Nov. 20 2012
By Paul Allaer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
"The Oath" (2010 release; 90 min.) is a documentary that was bound to create debate, if not controversy, upon its release in the US in 2010 (it premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival), right? Actually, this fell pretty much on deaf ears and it was only when recently browsing the documentary section of my local library that I fell upon this. How could I have never heard of this movie before?

"The Oath" follows two men, Abu Jandal, a taxi driver in Yemen, and his brother-in-law Salim Hamdan, a Guantanamo Bay prisoner who is the first to await trial. As we later learn, Jandal was the primary bodyguard of Osama Bin Laden during 1996-2000, and Hamdan was Bin Laden's driver. They became brothers-in-law when Bin Laden 'selected' two sisters to marry them. But there is one huge difference between the two: Jandalhas taken the Al Qaueda oath and Hamdan has not. The documentary takes its time in building up the intrecate facts surrounding these two men. At one point I was about to turn it off when I heard Jandal give again one of his views, this time on tolerance ("When you accept the other as he is, then you are in agreement with his infidelity and lowliness"), but I decided to stick it ou and I'm glad I did. I'm not going to tell you why, as it would ruin your viewing experience, although I will venture to say that you will be surprised how it all turns out. The last 30 min. are just riveting.

Back to why this documentary has fallen on deaf ears: it's my personal belief that the US audience at large was not then, and is still not, in the mood for this type of compex and complicated tale of two truths. Take for example Guantanamo Bay, which plays a pivotal role in the documentary: it has been controversial for many years but despite Obama's pledge in the 2008 presidential campaign to close it, it remains open to this very day... This is not an easy documentary (and one can take that literally as well, as the manner in which the subtitles are presented make them pretty hard to read), but in the end, I would recommend this to anyone interested in learning about the complex post-9/11 challenges presented to the US and the world at large.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poitras cuts through to the realities underpinning the occupation of Iraq/Afghanistan. July 2 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Outstanding. Honest and we'll filmed from multiple vantage points.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars Oct. 14 2014
By nini-xia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
so so

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