Previously at the ICA - Films

Laura Poitras Season: 9/11 Trilogy: Death of a Prisoner + The Oath

29 May 2015

A screening of two films by Laura Poitras.

Death of a Prisoner
(dir. Laura Poitras, 2013, 9 mins.)

Laura Poitras makes a journey to Yemen, following the return of the body of Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif to his family. In 2012, he died in solitary confinement at Guantánamo at the age of 36, after nearly 11 years of imprisonment there, despite never having been charged with a crime.

The Oath
(dir. Laura Poitras, 2010, 96 mins.)

Filmed in Yemen and Guantanamo Bay, The Oath tells the story of Abu Jandal, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard and Salim Hamdan, a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay prison and the first man to face the controversial military commissions.  

We enter the story in a taxicab in Yemen. Here we meet Abu Jandal, the film’s central protagonist, as he transports passengers through the chaotic streets of Yemen’s capital city, Sana’a. Salim Hamdan is the film’s “ghost” protagonist. His seven-year captivity at Guantanamo is narrated through his prison letters. Following the story of these two men, The Oath takes the viewer on a journey that leads to Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden, Guantanamo Bay Prison, FBI interrogations and the US Supreme Court.

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£27 Full-price
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