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Kathryn Bigelow Hits Back at Torture Critics for “Zero Dark Thirty”

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“I thankfully want to say that I’m standing in a room of people who understand that depiction is not endorsement.”[THR]

Sometimes, you just gotta wonder if the Universe really is sending us a message. Case in point: as President Obama gears up for a nomination fight Republicans over Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, the much ballyhooed (and booed) Zero Dark Thirty is reigniting the debate in the nation about torture, the “War of Terror”, and how bin Laden was, in fact, caught and executed.

In an acceptance speech yesterday at the New York Film Critics Circle Ceremony where she collected more laurels for her film, director Kathryn Bigelow addressed those who claim her film is pro-torture by saying, “I thankfully want to say that I’m standing in a room of people who understand that depiction is not endorsement, and if it was, no artist could ever portray inhumane practices; no author could ever write about them; and no filmmaker could ever delve into the knotty subjects of our time.”

Screenwriter Mark Boal also added, “I stand here tonight being extremely proud of the film we made… In case anyone is asking, we stand by the film. I think at the end of the day, we made a film that allows us to look back at the past in a way that gives us a more clear-sighted appraisal of the future.”

Weigh in and let us know what you think, especially if you have seen the film. Is the film pro-torture? Is all the controversy just ginning up publicity? Or is it a debate of merit?

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