Laura Poitras

THE OATH: an intricate and provocative portrait of a would-be jihadist

Article: THE OATH: an intricate and provocative portrait of a would-be jihadist

Abu Jandal, a Yemeni cab driver and former Al-Qaeda member in THE OATH

I’ll be surprised if I see a fiction film at Sundance this year that comes close to the novelistic scope and richness of Laura Poitras’s exemplary documentary THE OATH — or has a character even half as complicated as THE OATH’s main subject, Abu Jandal, a Yemeni cab driver and former Al-Qaeda member.