Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" has led to a lot of noise-making over its sensitive (and potentially misleading) interrogation content, and the streak continued on as anti-torture protesters, some wearing hoods and orange prison suits, picketed the film's politician-filled Washington D.C. premiere last night.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, angry campaigners affiliated with Amnesty International hit the event — which was attended by several members of Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama's administration and various journos — and declared via signage that "torture is wrong," along with suggesting that the cinematic hunt for Osama bin Laden was sanctioned by the Pentagon.
Members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence waged their own war on the pic via formal letter ton Sony Pictures in December, expressing disappointment and concern over the flick's representation of torture use in the search for OBL. Also, the committee is said to be probing whether Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal received "inappropriate access" to Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) documents while preparing the movie.
Boal, who stands by his script, recently declared in response to these criticisms, "It's a movie. I've been saying from the beginning it's a movie. That shouldn't be too confusing."
Evidently, it is confusing to some.
The anti-torture protesters weren't alone in fussing over last night's screening, either. Reportedly, a group referred to as "Truthers" who believe that the tragedies of 9/11 were spawned by the United States' government also organized a protest.
Despite the hubbub, Bigelow introduced the film to its audience with a statement that she and Boal are "awed by the remarkable national conversation that this movie has spurred" but insisted the pair "had no agenda in making this film and were not trying to generate controversy."
"Mark and I wanted to present the story as we understood it, based on the extraordinary research that Mark did," she added. "There is a tremendous debate going on about various aspects of the hunt, some of which are depicted in this film. One thing is clear: at the end of the day, it took a selfless team of individuals, many of whom we will never know or meet, to carry out this mission. As filmmakers, we hope that this film honors their work and sacrifice."