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Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal defend inclusion of waterboarding scene in film about hunt for Osama bin Laden

The Oscar-winning team behind a film about the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty, have denied suggestions that they condoned the use of torture by including a scene in which waterboarding is used to interrogate a suspect.

Zero Dark Thirty, from director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, has been at the centre of controversy in the Us ever since its existence was revealed in the wake of Bin Laden's killing at his compound in northern Pakistan in May last year by a Us Navy Seal squad. The project first drew flak from Republicans after it emerged that Barack Obama's administration shared information with the production team, amid pre-election fears that the movie might influence voters by portraying the president in a flattering light. More recently there have »

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