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Oath, The

Synopsis
Two men who were part of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network look back on their past in this documentary from director Laura Poitras. Before the September 11, 2001 attacks, Abu Jandal was one of bin Laden’s bodyguardsn and 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 defence, Hamdan sends him a sharply worded letter asking him to stop.
Language
Arabic (Yemen)
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2010
Notes
In Arabic with English subtitles
Subjects
Arabic studies; Politics & government
Keywords
terrorism; Guantanamo Bay; war on terror; Al-Qaeda

Online availability

URI
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/movie/the-oath/id461704026
Price
£4.99
Delivery
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Credits

Director
Laura Poitras
Contributor
Abu Jandal; Salim Hamdan

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£9.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
96 minutes
Year
2013

Distributor

Name

Dogwoof Pictures

Email
oli@dogwoofpictures.com
Web
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Phone
020 7395 1217
Fax
020 7900 3270
Address
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Notes
Dogwoof is an independent distributor specialising in quality films from around the world that raise awareness, trigger change, and get people involved. The main focus is socially conscious films including THE AGE OF STUPID, THE END OF THE LINE, BURMA VJ and BLACK GOLD. Sale on DVD. In Autumn 2011 Dogwoof launched Popup Cinema (http://popupcinema.net/) to allow non-theatric screenings of their just-released and classic titles.
 

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