Kathryn Bigelow Defends “Zero Dark Thirty’s” Torture Scenes

Posted Wednesday January 16, 2013 11:58 AM GMT

She has caused quite a stir with her latest flick “Zero Dark Thirty,” and director Kathryn Bigelow stands behind her decision to include controversial torture scenes in the plotline.

In a new essay for the Los Angeles Times, the Oscar winner defended the continuity of the movie, especially given that there’s so much disagreement on how the information regarding Osama bin Laden was acquired.

Kathryn wrote, "Experts disagree sharply on the facts and particulars of the intelligence hunt, and doubtlessly that debate will continue.”

"As for what I personally believe, which has been the subject of inquiries, accusations and speculation, I think Osama bin Laden was found due to ingenious detective work. Torture was, however, as we all know, employed in the early years of the hunt. That doesn't mean it was the key to finding Bin Laden. It means it is a part of the story we couldn't ignore."

Bigelow added, "Those of us who work in the arts know that depiction is not endorsement. If it was, no artist would be able to paint inhumane practices, no author could write about them, and no filmmaker could delve into the thorny subjects of our time."

"As a lifelong pacifist, I support all protests against the use of torture, and quite simply, inhumane treatment of any kind. But I do wonder if some of the sentiments alternately expressed about the film might be more appropriately directed at those who instituted and ordered these U.S. policies, as opposed to a motion picture that brings the story to the screen."

"Bin Laden wasn't defeated by superheroes zooming down from the sky; he was defeated by ordinary Americans who fought bravely even as they sometimes crossed moral lines, who labored greatly and intently, who gave all of themselves in both victory and defeat, in life and death, for the defense of this nation."

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