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Video: Osama bin Laden film accused of being Obama re-election stunt

The films makers insist that the film isn’t aimed to benefit Barack Obama as he seeks re-election.

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ZERO DARK THIRTY, the upcoming film about America’s hunt for Osama bin Laden, has been criticised in the US for acting as PR for the re-election of US President Barack Obama.

The film is directed by Kathryn Bigelow whose previous film, The Hurt Locker, detailed the experience of a bomb disposal unit in Iraq, and has a release date of December.

Republican Peter King, who chairs the House committee on Homeland Security, stated his concern about the access which the films makers had to top US officials, which included background briefings by White House, CIA and Pentagon staff.


Speaking to NBC News, Boal responded:

The film has no partisan agenda. The suggestions otherwise are from people who are clueless about the film. This is about black ops operatives who carried out the secret hunt for (bin Laden). It’s not about the president. There’s no actor running around playing Obama in our movie.

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