The Oath of Tobruk tracks six months of behind-the-scenes work in war-torn Libya, as Lévy bargains with the emergent National Transitional Council and urges western leaders to use military force against Muammar Gaddafi. Lévy’s courageous hands-on intervention helps build the international consensus for UN military action. Commenting on the events are several preeminent leaders at the time—among them Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and British Prime Minister David Cameron. The film’s title is a reference to the oath of Kufra, made when the Free French scored their first victory in Libya and swore not to lay down their arms until France was liberated from the Nazis.
Director: Bernard-Henri Lévy
with Marc Roussel and Gilles Hertzog
Runtime: 100 minutes
“In cinematic terms, it has a fluid rhythm, a viscefral beauty and a level of street-level detail missing from more conventional news footage. The otherworldly grandeur of the Libyan desert is a recurring background character.”
The Hollywood Reporter
“The film is poignant, insightful”