Kathryn Bigelow has made the people of Pakistan a bit upset. An unofficial “Zero Dark Thirty” ban has been put in place before the movie has even come out in the country.
“The film has not been released, officially. Thus, there is no response, officially, from Pakistani government censors to Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial depiction of Pakistan. Therefore, technically, no one in Pakistan is supposed to have ever seen the movie,” NBC News reports. “But in reality, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is being watched, noticed, slammed and unofficially banned, even while trending on Twitter.”
A good portion of the latter half of “Zero Dark Thirty” is set in Pakistan, particularly the capital Islamabad. The Associated Press reports that none of the English-language movie theaters in Pakistan have screened “Zero Dark Thirty,” and no distributor has tried to show it. NBC News states that “Zero Dark Thirty” was available in local DVD stores in Islamabad up until mid-January when movie retailers were asked to return the copies to the warehouse.
“We were asked to stop selling the movie by some guys a couple of weeks after we started stocking it,” an attendant at a popular movie and music retailer in Islamabad says. “There were four of them. Two stood outside, as if on guard, and two came inside and told us that ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ was banned.”
“Zero Dark Thirty” is up for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound Editing and Best Film Editing. The Oscars take place on Feb. 24.