LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Director Kathryn Bigelow is defending torture scenes in "Zero Dark Thirty," saying the military hunt for Osama bin Laden wasn't free of moral consequences.
The film, nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, opens by declaring it's based on firsthand accounts of actual events.
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California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other lawmakers have criticized the film as misleading for suggesting that torture led to the location of bin Laden.
But Bigelow writes in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that torture was part of the story and that the backlash may be misdirected.
She says critics should perhaps direct their anger at those who ordered U.S. torture policies rather than her film.
Bigelow says it seems illogical to make a case against torture by denying the role it played in counterterrorism policy and practices.
Hey, why condem the use of turture in real life when you can make believe it doesn't happen and condem it when it gets portrayed in a film about real life events that involved the use of torture instead?