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A prisoner is found unconscious in his cell after a suicide attempt. The prison doctor is brought in to reanimate the man and faces an ethical dilemma. The film is a surreal interpretation of a true story that took place in an Oklohama prison in 1995. Winner of many awards including Best Short Film at the Antalya International Short Film/Video Festival.


Production Design
Production company
Phanta Film
Distributor NL
Universal Pictures Licensing Benelux

Title: The Oath
Year: 1997
Duration : 10 minutes
Category: Short Feature
Edition: NFF 1997

Gouden Kalf nominees

Beste Korte Film (1997)
Tjebbo Penning

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