Ashawq Arrabyee 19/01/2010
The author of this blog, Nasser Arrabyee, is attending the Sundance Film Festival 2010, which starts January 20, in Utah in the United States.
Arrabyee is the producer of a 95-minute documentary film about Al Qaeda and Guantanamo detainees, which was made by the American filmmaker Laura Poitras.
The film, which is called The Oath, will be screened from 22 to 31 of current January in the Salt Lake City, Park City, and Sundance Resort in the State of Utah in the United States.
The Oath, which was filmed in Yemen and Guantanamo Bay in about two years, tells the story of two men whose fateful encounter in 1996 set them on a course of events that led them to Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantanamo, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Unraveling like a lush, gripping novel that constantly subverts expectations, The Oath is the interlocking drama of two brothers-in-law, Abu Jandal and Salim Hamdam, whose associations with Al Qaeda in the 1990s propelled them on divergent courses.
The film delves into Abu Jandal's daily life as a taxi driver in Sana’a, Yemen, and Hamdan’s military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay prison. Abu Jandal and Hamdan’s personal stories—how they came to serve as Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard and driver respectively—act as prisms through which to humanize and contextualize a world the Western media demonizes. As Hamdan’s trial progresses, his military lawyers challenge fundamental flaws in the court system.
As charismatic Abu Jandal dialogues with his son, Muslim students, and journalists, he generously unveils the complex evolution of his belief system since 9/11.
In addition to the director Laura Poitras, the crew of Oath included the executive producers Sally Jo Fifer, David Menschel , the composer Osvaldo Golijov, the cinematographer Kirsten Johnson, the editor Jonathan Oppenheim, and the co-producer Aliza Kaplan