Director of Oscar-nominated movie "Zero Dark Thirty" depicting the use of torture by US forces in their hunt for Osama bin Laden, defended the film against criticism and blamed Washington for adopting torture as war policy.
Kathryn Bigelow reiterated in a statement to major US daily Los Angeles Times
, published on Wednesday, that torture was part of the decade-long US hunt for the alleged al-Qaeda leader that could not be ignored in the motion picture.
Reacting to criticism of the movie’s torture scenes by Washington politicians as well as the mainstream media and human rights groups, Bigelow wrote, "Those of us who work in the arts know that depiction is not endorsement."
"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 US policies, as opposed to a motion picture that brings the story to the screen," added Bigelow, who won two Oscar awards in 2010 for her movie "The Hurt Locker" on the US-led invasion of Iraq.
Her "Zero Dark Thirty" movie was nominated last week for five Academy Awards, including best picture, screenplay and actress for Jessica Chastain.
She was, however, overlooked in the directing category in an apparent rebuke that many Hollywood observers have attributed to weeks of negative publicity against her new film.
This is while a group of US senators censured movie distributor Sony Pictures in a December letter, labeling the film "grossly inaccurate and misleading" for implying that torture was instrumental in the US capture and assassination of bin Laden in May 2011.
Despite the negative publicity by the US establishment, the movie topped the North American box office on Sunday in its first week of nationwide release, taking in USD24 million.