Laura Poitras

PopTech 2010

Laura Poitras

Laura Poitras is currently working on a trilogy of films about America post 9/11. The first film, My Country, My Country (2006), follows an Iraqi doctor in Baghdad. The second film, The Oath (2010), is set in Yemen and Guantanamo and tells the story of Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard, and Salim Hamdan, a prisoner at Guantanamo facing war crime charges. The final
film will be set in the U.S. and focus on domestic surveillance.

My Country, My Country was nominated for an Academy Award, Independent Spirit Award, and Emmy Award. The Oath received the Cinematography award at Sundance, the Grand Jury award at Edinburgh Film Festival, Special Jury prizes at Hot Docs and Full Frame, and the True Vision Award at True/False. She received a Peabody Award and was nominated for both an Emmy and Independent Spirit Award for Flag Wars (2003), a film she made with Linda Goode Bryant.

Laura is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2007-2008), and a Media Arts Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation and Tribeca Film Institute. She has attended the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Story and Edit Lab as both a Fellow (2005, 2009) and creative advisor (2007, 2008, 2010).

Before making documentaries, she worked as a professional chef. She teaches documentary filmmaking at Yale University and lives in New York City.