Just when Zero Dark Thirty thought its problems were over — the senate investigation was closed and everyone seemed to have lost interest in writing about whether or not the film was pro-torture — a new controversy has trickled out of the gates.
The bold opening sequence of the film is simple, striking, and powerful. It’s a black screen with just the voices of victims involved in the September 11th attacks. One of the voices included is of Bradley Fetchet, who worked on the 89th floor of the South Tower. He’d left a voicemail on his parents machine that day. This week, his mother, Mary Fetchet, told CBS News that the filmmakers hadn’t asked for her permission to use his voice and the recording.
Fetchet had used the recording in her testimony in the first public hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, but raised objections to hearing it in the film. In her interview with CBS News, Fetchet said “I used it in situations where I wanted to convey Brad’s story. None of those situations were used for promotional or professional or commercial endeavors.”
So, what is at stake here?