The Oath


An ex bodyguard of Osama Bin Laden tries to get back to a normal life after turning his back on Al-Qaeda

The Oath review

A fascinating doc from writer/director Laura Poitras, the second in her trilogy exploring America’s actions post-9/11.

The focus here is Abu Jandal, a former bodyguard of Osama Bin Laden who, having “turned away” from armed jihad, now drives a taxi in Yemen.

Poitras gathers an impressive range of sources, including despairing letters from Jandal’s brother-in-law Salim Hamdan, who’s awaiting trial at Guantanamo.

Abu cuts a charismatic, ambiguous figure, reluctant to renounce his Al-Qaeda oath of loyalty while fearing assassination by younger radicals.

Film Details

  • 12A
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: April 18th 2011
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