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Laura Poitras United States, 2010

Chad Hill's rating of the film The Oath

Among the most challenging documentaries out there, Poitras presents a searing portrait of the inadequacies and contradictions of both the American War on Terror, as well as the conflicting, contradictory, and seemingly fluctuating beliefs and attitudes of those in its path. Spare and subtle imagery conveys much here, and the filmmaking, intelligently, never leaves us sure of the trustworthiness of its subject.