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Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?

Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?
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Promotional poster parodying Raiders of the Lost Ark
Directed byMorgan Spurlock
Written byJeremy Chilnick
Morgan Spurlock
StarringMorgan Spurlock
Distributed byThe Weinstein Company[1]
Release date
  • January 21, 2008 (2008-01-21) (Sundance Film Festival)
  • April 18, 2008 (2008-04-18) (United States)
CountryUnited States
Box office$384,955

Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? is a 2008 documentary film, conceived by Adam Dell and co written, produced, directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, an American independent filmmaker.

The title of the film is a play on the title of the television game show and computer game series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, and other “Where in the World is” themes.[2]


After some comical animations involving Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the film shows Spurlock visiting various countries associated with or affected by Bin Laden. The film contains short interviews with many people about Bin Laden and Islamic fundamentalism, and about the United States and its war on terror. Supposedly, Spurlock searches for Bin Laden, and he even asks people at random in the street where he is.

The film is intercut with images of Spurlock's wife in the late stages of her pregnancy. Much of Spurlock's commentary is based on the concerns of a new father.

Spurlock visits Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. In Afghanistan, guarded by about 21 Afghan soldiers, he visits Tora Bora. A local government official is shown who wants to change it into an amusement park. Spurlock is also shown on a US Army patrol as an embedded journalist.

Spurlock is shown hesitating to enter the area of Pakistan near the Afghan border where Bin Laden is at the time, which is closed to foreigners, and deciding not to go there, arguing that it is not worth the risk. He concludes that the people in the countries he visited are ordinary people just like himself and the audience.


See also


  1. ^ Sciretta, Peter (December 2, 2007). First Look: Morgan Spurlock's Where In the World is Osama Bin Laden
  2. ^ Morgan Spurlock On Finding Osama by Mariana McConnell, Cinema Blend, 2008-04-16
  3. ^ Osama bin Laden had Where in the World is Osama bin Laden in his collection by Cleve R. Wootson Jr.,, 2017-11-02

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