Laura Poitras The Oath

Laura Poitras

Laura Poitras was nominated for an Academy Award and Independent Spirit Award for My Country, My Country (2006), which was released in the U.S. by Zeitgeist Films and broadcast on PBS’s P.O.V. Both My Country, My Country and The Oath (2010) are part of a trilogy titled “The New American Century,” about post-9/11 America. Poitras is currently working on The Guantanamo Project, a multimedia project to collect documents and artifacts from Guantanamo Bay Prison. Poitras is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and Peabody Award. Before making documentaries, she worked as a professional chef. Poitras lives in New York City and teaches documentary filmmaking at Yale University.


Awards & Accomplishments

  • 2014

    Award

    Poitras receives the George Polk Award for National Security Reporting

  • 2014

    Award

    Poitras receives a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for her work with the Washington Post to break the Snowden Story

  • 2012

    Other - Conference

    Poitras presents in the Creative Time Summit

  • 2012

    Award

    Poitras is awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Grant

  • 2012

    Whitney Biennial

    Poitras is included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial

  • 2010

    Residency

    Poitras is in residence at MacDowell Colony for the month of August

  • 2010

    Award

    The Oath receives Excellence in Cinematography Award: U.S. Documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival

  • 2008

    Fellowship

    Poitras receives Tribeca Film Institute Fellowship for Release

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