Tuesday night on P.O.V., tune into The Oath, the second installment in a trilogy about America post-9/11. The first film, My Country, My Country, documented the U.S. occupation of Iraq from the perspective of an Iraqi family. The third film will focus on domestic surveillance.
Filmed in Yemen, The Oath is a family drama about two men whose fateful encounter in 1996 set them on a journey that would lead to Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantanamo Bay Prison, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Filmmaker Laura Poitras tells the story of Abu Jandal, bin Laden’s former bodyguard, and Salim Hamda, a prisoner at Guantanamo and the first man to face the controversial military tribunals. The film begins as Hamdan is set to face war crimes charges at Gitmo, and as Jandal is a free man, driving a taxi in Yemen.