19:00 to 21:00
End date
17 February 2020
The Buttery, Wolfson College, Linton Rd, Oxford OX2 6UD
Monday, 17 February 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


FLJS Films: The Oath


The Oath tells the fateful story of two men, whose loyalty to an ideal in a world of disintegrating legal, moral, and constitutional norms tests their beliefs and threatens their liberty.

Oscar-winning director Laura Poitras (Citizenfour) has crafted a riveting documentary about Salim Hamdan, Osama bin Laden's driver and the first man to face the controversial US military commissions that were established in response to his earlier exoneration by the Supreme Court. At the heart of the film is Hamdan’s charismatic brother-in-law, whose struggles with his conscience for having introduced him to bin Laden provide a gripping psychological portrait of guilt and the redemptive role of society.

A decade since its release, and with fault lines reopening between the Muslim world and the West, the film leads the viewer on a jihadist's journey through Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantanamo Bay, all the way to the US Supreme Court. Here, the complexities and contradictions of the war on terror are laid bare, epitomized in the devastating revelation behind the double meaning of the film’s title.

Professor Liora Lazarus, Head of Research at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Associate Professor in Law, and editor of Security and Human Rights: Finding a Language of Resilience and Inclusion, will discuss the impact of national security legislation on human rights since 9/11.

Watch Prof Liora Lazarus at the Oxford Union, proposing that the UK Has Surrendered Too Much Liberty in Pursuit of Greater Security


Praise for The Oath

The most essential and revelatory documentary of the year

New York Magazine


Compelling, emotionally and intellectually complex, The Oath is an important film that raises questions we must all ask

Film Comment