Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow “stand by” bin Laden man-hunt film “Zero Dark Thirty”

Even before it hit theaters, the critically acclaimed Osama bin Laden manhunt dramatization, “Zero Dark Thirty,” had received heat for its depiction of torture, prompting critics and government officials to question the accuracy of the film and argue that it endorses torture. During Monday night’s New York Film Critics Circle Awards ceremony, screenwriter Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow accepted awards for Best Picture and Best Director, taking another opportunity to defend themselves against the controversy–one that recently escalated into a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation of the CIA for its relationship with the filmmakers.Bigelow said to the room full of colleagues and press, “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 naughty subjects of our time.”Continue Reading…

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Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow “stand by” bin Laden man-hunt film “Zero Dark Thirty”


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