The Torture Debate and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

This paper examines the nature of the argument concerning the acceptability or otherwise of the representation of torture in Zero Dark Thirty – a 2012 Hollywood film concerning the murder of Osama Bin Laden, directed by Kathryn Bigelow. It finds that the film is indeed culpable in its unrealistic and validatory representation of the practice of torture by CIA forces in Afghanistan.

This paper was presented at the CAPPE Conference ‘Representation, Politics, and Violence’ at the University of Brighton, September 2013

The Torture Debate and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’