Director Kathryn Bigelow defends Zero Dark Thirty's controversial torture scenes

London, Jan. 17 (ANI): Director Kathryn Bigelow has defended the representation of torture in her latest film Zero Dark Thirty, which is based on the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.

She said that torture was part of the story, and omitting it would have been 'whitewashing history'.

According to the BBC, Bigelow insisted her movie did not suggest the al-Qaeda leader would not have been located without so-called 'enhanced interrogation techniques', adding that that was a misrepresentation of the film.

Zero Dark Thirty has drawn criticism from the US Government with some senators complaining it perpetuates 'the myth that torture is effective', the report said.

However, she said the film shows 'a pretty wide array of tactics being used over the 10 years it took to identify Bin Laden's hiding place.

She said that the raid was 'an incredibly diligent, incredibly complex and successful operation that brought the world's most dangerous man to justice'.

The film, which Bigelow described as 'a portrait of dedication, determination, commitment and sacrifice', is released in the UK and Ireland on 25 January.

Bigelow has described her film as 'an insight into a long, dark decade' that began with the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001, the report added. (ANI)

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