In response to the months of speculation and dissection surrounding her Oscar-nominated dramatic thriller Zero Dark Thirty, director Kathryn Bigelow has finally expressed her defense of the film in writing.
In an op-ed piece written for Tuesday’s L.A. Times, Bigelow takes a stance against accusations that her film depicts torture as being a leading reason for the eventual capture and execution of Osama Bin Laden
The Hurt Locker director begins by expressing her pride in the movie, which both her and her associates long viewed as unfilmable due to the secretive nature of the events depicted. After praising the creative work of her team, Bigelow makes clear her views on government-sanctioned torture.
“As a lifelong pacifist, I support all protests against the use of torture, and, quite simply, inhumane treatment of any kind,” Bigelow wrote. “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.
Throughout the course of the article, Bigelow elaborates on the importance of artists in illuminating the truth through their work.
“Confusing depiction with endorsement is the first step toward chilling any American artist’s ability and right to shine a light on dark deeds, especially when those deeds are cloaked in layers of secrecy and government obfuscation,” she wrote.
Bigelow concludes her article by acknowledging the hard work conducted by the men and women responsible for hunting down Bin Laden.
“Bin Laden wasn’t defeated by superheroes zooming down from the sky,” she says. “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 in death, for the defense of this nation.
Bigelow’s full article can be read here.