The Oath

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Released 2010

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The Oath

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Director:
Laura Poitras
Released:
2010
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Two brothers-in-law, Abu Jandal and Salim Hamdam, who have associations with al Qaeda in the 1990s, are propelled on divergent courses that led them to Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantanamo, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    Jandal emerges as someone who was truly in Bin Laden's inner circle, Hamdan seems the menial driver he claimed to be. What remains unanswered is where their allegiances now lie. Fr...

  • 70

    The New York Times

    It has staying power. In place of large revelations, you'll find yourself remembering scenes like the one in which Abu Jandal sits absorbed by a news report of a bombing in Kabul, ...

  • 50

    San Francisco Chronicle Mick LaSalle

    At first, The Oath looks as though it will be a study of the soul-corroding effects of twisted ideology, but it emerges as the reverse.

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Politics, Biography