'Zero Dark Thirty': Protests At Premiere In Washington DC
Another day, another round of controversy for "Zero Dark Thirty."The film -- which, if you can believe it, is still not out nationwide -- premiered at the Newseum in Washington DC on Tuesday night, where members of Amnesty International and 9/11 "Truthers" were on hand to protest the event.
According to THR, the protesters -- some of whom were dressed like prisoners -- held signs calling "Zero Dark Thirty" Pentagon-produced propagandaand worse. "Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading" read one of the signs, a reference to the film's sequences of torture. In "Zero Dark Thirty," a prisoner is waterboarded for information about future terror attacks; later, the same prisoner gives up the code name of Osama bin Laden's courier, a key piece of information that comes into play years later during the bin Laden manhunt. (Whether the protesters have actually seen "Zero Dark Thirty" is unclear.)
"Zero Dark Thirty" has become a lightning rod of political discourse. Lawmakers, including Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), have slammed the movie for its supposed endorsement of enhanced interrogation tactics.
"We believe the film is grossly inaccurate and misleading in its suggestion that torture resulted in information that led to the location of [Osama] bin Laden," wrote Sens. Feinstein, McCain and Carl Levin (D-Mich.) in a letter to "Zero Dark Thirty" studio Sony in December.
"[T]he truth is that multiple streams of intelligence led CIA analysts to conclude that bin Laden was hiding in Abbottabad," countered CIA director Michael Morell in a statement. "Some came from detainees subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques, but there were many other sources as well."
At the Washington DC premiere, director Kathryn Bigelow didn't comment on the protesters, but did discuss the debate "Zero Dark Thirty" has created.
I saw a screener of it this weekend. I thought it was excellent and plan to see it at the theatre.