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Zero Dark Thirty backed by 9/11 families

Zero Dark Thirty

Story by Jack Foley

THE families of victims of the 9/11 terror attacks on America have issued a statement in support of Zero Dark Thirty and rounded on critics of the movie.

The group, 9/11 Parents and Families of Firefighters and WTC Victims, said: “As a group of 9/11 families sharing a rare moment of justice and elation in the viewing of a film chronicling the search for and ultimate death of Osama Bin Laden, we find it deeply disturbing that some of our elected officials want to discourage other 9/11 families and the public from seeing this outstanding film.

“Politicians who have criticized the movie and made misleading claims about it, stand in the way of engaging a public dialogue for a stirring film which invokes feelings of patriotism and perseverance and honors our military, our country, and the victims of 9/11.”

Their comments came in direct response to criticisms from several US senators who have criticised the film for its depiction of torture and who have launched an investigation into how much access was granted to filmmakers Kathryn Bigelow (director) and Mark Boal (screenwriter). Read more

The statement continues: “We feel this is history – like it or not – and no effort should be made to re-write or censor it for political correctness. Certainly there should be no organized boycott or suppression of films based on political differences. The word for that is “censorship.”

“How bizarre that members of an industry that suffered so much during the McCarthy era would even consider doing this to their own members!

“The use of the term “torture” by elected officials in hopes of dissuading people to endorse or view this film is antithetical to what our government should be all about.”

The statement goes on to pay tribute to Bigelow and Boal for their efforts in getting the movie made.

“As 9/11 family members whose loved ones were massacred at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001, we applaud Mark Boal and Katherine Bigelow for presenting a film that honors history, our military, our country, and the victims of 9/11 – through the excellent portrayal of how the US government and Navy Seals worked to apprehend OBL.”

Zero Dark Thirty has been nominated for several Oscars, including Best Picture and best actress for Jessica Chastain.

The film depicts the hunt for and subsequent killing of Osama bin Laden.

Read our verdict on the film l Read the full statement

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