Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? is a documentary film, conceived by Adam Dell and co-written, produced, directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, an American independent filmmaker.
Spurlock searches for Osama bin Laden by visiting countries associated with the Al-Qaeda leader (Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Afganistan, and Pakistan), as well as others affected by Al-Qaeda (Greece, Egypt, and Israel). In each, he interviews individuals about their views of the United States and Islamic fundamentalism. He also constantly asks people he meets, "Where is Osama bin Laden?" Intercut with Spurlock's search are the late stages of his wife's pregnancy and the birth of their son after he returns. Much of Spurlock's commentary is based on the concerns of a new father. (The film is dedicated to the newborn.)
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 Ã¢â‚¬Å“Where in the World isÃ¢â‚¬Â themes. The promotional poster mimics the poster to the Indiana Jones film Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The film debuted January 21, 2008 at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. It opened in limited release in the United States on April 18, 2008. The film opened in the United Kingdom on May 9, 2008. The Australian release was for April 10, 2008, but was delayed until June 19, 2008 (in a very limited release).
As of April 23, 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 35% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 72 reviews. Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 45 out of 100, based on 25 reviews.