'Zero Dark Thirty' Will Screen at Guantánamo

Esther Zuckerman

This should fuel some of the Zero Dark Thirty controversy fire once more: Miami Herald Guantánamo reporter Carol Rosenberg reports via Twitter that the movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden, which contains a controversial depiction of torture, will screen at the place that became synonymous with torture.

Meantime, #Guantanamo social director is advising residents that "Zero Dark Thirty" should premiere on the Navy base in next two months.

— Carol Rosenberg (@carolrosenberg) January 25, 2013

The film, though, will not be screened for detainees: 

That's "Zero Dark Thirty" being screened for troops, contractors and their families at #Guantanamo. Not the detainees.

— Carol Rosenberg (@carolrosenberg) January 25, 2013

Former Guantánamo inmates are among the people denouncing the film. The Associated Press reported that two former detainees have said the film "legitimizes abuse."

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Zero Dark Thirty was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, but its director Kathryn Bigelow was snubbed in a move some, including Bigelow herself, have speculated has to do with the volatile response to the film. The movie has had its detractors in the Hollywood world as well. Actors Ed Asner and Martin Sheen are part of a group urging fellow Academy voters not to support the film. 

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But as for the movie selection at Guantánamo, there should be some lighter fare before Zero Dark Thirty reaches the base: 

Before #ZeroDarkThirty reaches #Guantanamo, the base social director advises that "Parental Guidance" and "Guilt Trip" will premiere first.

— Carol Rosenberg (@carolrosenberg) January 25, 2013

The most recent film that screened was not so jolly: 

Closing tonight at #Guantanamo's no-charge cinema for troops and their families who live on the Navy base: "Killing Them Softly."#nojoke

— Carol Rosenberg (@carolrosenberg) January 25, 2013