Yesterday afternoon, I joined a packed audience at the Uptown Theatre in Cleveland Park to finally see Zero Dark Thirty. On a purely cinematic level, it was a very good film that kept the entire audience on the edge of their seats the entire time and left many speechless when the lights came up. However, movies like this are not viewed only on a cinematic level, and more to the point this movie will not be viewed only within the United States.
Curiously, a cursory google search revealed that there has not been all that much written about the implications for the public diplomacy efforts of the United States resulting from this movie. How do you control perceptions of America that Zero Dark Thirty elicits? Can you control those perceptions?
This is an open thread designed to spur a broader conversation. Feel free to go down the rabbit hole and let’s see where it takes us.