POV’s 24th season continues with the encore broadcast of The Oath by Laura Poitras. The film airs on PBS on Tuesday, August 16, 2011. Check your local listings.

Directed by Laura Poitras (Flag Wars, POV 2003; the Oscar-nominated My Country, My Country, POV 2006), The Oath interweaves the stories of Abu Jandal, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard, and Salim Hamdan, a prisoner at Guantánamo Bay facing war crimes charges. The documentary unfolds via a narrative rife with plot reversals and betrayals that ultimately leads to Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantánamo and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Abu Jandal from The Oath. Credit: Khalid Al Mahdi

The Oath airs August 16, 2011 on POV.

After watching the film, visit POV’s The Oath companion site for interactive features about the film.

  • The Oath is actually the second film in a trilogy by filmmaker Laura Poitras. The first film in the trilogy, My Country, My Country, aired on POV in 2006. Find out why Poitras chose to make this film about former Al Qaeda operatives in POV’s exclusive video interview.
  • Listen to a conversation about the film between filmmaker Laura Poitras, Marketplace/American Public Media’s David Brancaccio and former Lt. Cmdr. Brian Mizer.
  • Read Poitras’s production journal to understand the challenges of filming in Yemen and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
  • Return to the site in September to watch the film again. The Oath will be available online in the weeks leading up to the 2011 News & Documentary Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 26. The Oath has been nominated for two Emmys in the outstanding investigative journalism and best documentary categories.

POV’s 24th season continues Tuesday nights through September 27, concluding with a special broadcast on November 10. Keep up with the films at http://pbs.org/pov, on Twitter @povdocs or on Facebook.

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Alva French is a freelance multimedia journalist and was a POV Digital intern in Summer 2011. She has been blogging on French and Francophone music, politics and culture since 2007 and is an aspiring documentary filmmaker. Alva is currently an M.A. candidate in International Reporting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.