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Laura Poitras's 'The Oath' Premieres at IFC Center

May 4, 2010



IFC Center, New York City Friday, May 7 7:45 PM Screenings continue through May 20 New York City Award-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras premieres her Creative Capital project, The Oath on Friday, May 7 at IFC Center in New York. The Oath is the tale of two men whose fateful meeting propelled them on divergent courses with Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantanamo Bay Prison 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—explore and contextualize a world that has confounded Western media. As Hamdan’s trial progresses, his military lawyers challenge fundamental flaws in the court system. Meanwhile, the charismatic Jandal interacts with his young son, Muslim students and journalists and chillingly unveils the complex evolution of his belief system post-9/11. The Oath offers a rare window into a realm long misunderstood—and the international impact of the U.S. War on Terror. The Oath premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where it received the Excellence in Cinematography Award: U.S. Documentary. It has screened at the Berlin International Film Festival and New Directors/New Films, among other festivals, and received numerous accolades nationwide, including best documentary feature at the Sarasota Film Festival, the grand jury prize for documentary feature at IFFBoston, the Anne Dellinger Special Jury Prize at the Full Frame Documentary Festival and the True Vision award from the True/False Film Festival. About Creative Capital Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Innovative Literature, and Performing and Visual Arts. Working in long-term partnership with artists, Creative Capital’s pioneering approach to support combines funding, counsel and career development services to enable a project’s success and foster a successful and sustainable practice for its grantees. In its first decade, Creative Capital has committed more than $20 million in financial and advisory support to 325 projects representing 406 artists, and has reached an additional 3,000 artists through its Professional Development Program. For more information, visit www.creative-capital.org. Creative Capital receives support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, the LEF Foundation, The Muriel Pollia Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, the TOBY Fund, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and more than 130 other individuals and institutional donors. Back to Listing