This is one of the better documentaries I've seen in the past year. I almost didn't give it a chance because I've been so busy recently that I've had a difficult time committing to watching anything that requires too much attention. I'm glad I decided to give it a few minutes because I was immediately hooked.
It's about two men - only one of whom agreed to be interviewed for the film. The story is about Abu Jandal, Osama Bin Laden's former bodyguard, and Salim Hamdan (Bin Laden's driver). I have followed some of Hamdan's case over the years including the Supreme Court decision a few years ago bearing his name but I didn't know that many details. It is a fascinating story and told quite well.
Jandal is now a cab driver in Yemen and still a sworn enemy of the U.S. Hamdan was released from U.S. custody and has been free for over a year but refused to be interviewed. Jandal is glad to espouse his theories on jihad and explain to his young son why the U.S. is evil. But he's not too proud to eat American junk food because he sheepishly admits it tastes so good.
Years from now, I think this captivating documentary will be one of a few that clearly stand out as one of the best about the post 9/11 landscape.
Directed by Laura Poitras
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