Laura Poitras' "The Oath" Hits E Street

By Dan Levy
|  Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010  |  Updated 9:43 AM EDT
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Laura Poitras' "The Oath" Hits E Street

Zeitgeist Films

Abu Jandal in THE OATH, a film by Laura Poitras. A Zeitgeist Films release.

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Washington likes its politics, and it likes drama even more.

So it makes sense that there would be buzz in the District around a new political documentary from director Laura Poitras.

Poitras' "The Oath" is about two men whose fateful meeting propels them on a journey, spinning Al-Qaeda, Guantanamo Bay, 9/11 and the U.S. Supreme Court into the mix.  "The Oath" explores and contextualizes a world that has often confounded Western media.

The award-winning documentary -- centered around Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard-turned-taxi-driver, Abu Jandal, and his brother-in-law who was bin Laden's driver, Salim Hamdan, one of Guantanamo’s most famous prisoners -- will be showing at the Landmark E Street Cinema (555 11th St. N.W.) through July 15 (find showtimes here).

Poitras also is the director of the Oscar-nominated "My Country, My Country."

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