For other uses, see The Oath (disambiguation).
The Oath
Scene from The Oath
Directed by Nathan Collett
Written by Nathan Collett
Njuguna Wakanyote
Music by Jermaine Stegall
Editing by Nathan Collett
Release date(s) February 16, 2005 (2005-02-16)
Pan African Film Festival
Running time 23 minutes
Country Kenya
Language English
Budget KES 200,000

The Oath is a 2005 short drama film directed by Nathan Collett, written by Collett and Njuguna Wakanyote, and produced by Hot Sun Films.


Set in 1950s Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising under British colonialism, the film portrays the struggle between two brothers on opposite sides of the conflict. Filmed in Kenya, many of the actors in the film were descendants of Mau Mau fighters, and it was produced with their input, as an educational tool of a time when Mau Mau was less appreciated in Kenyan society than it is today. The film received critical acclaim for its balanced and positive portrayal of the Mau Mau and their struggle for independence from the British.


  • Gary Cattermole
  • George Maina Gakiri
  • Joseph Kimani
  • Simon J. Smithers
  • Samuel Wamuti


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