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Sundance film seeks to show real Bin Laden Manhunt

Published on Jan 26, 2013 5:31 PM
This Jan 21, 2013 photo shows (from left), ex-CIA Operatives Marty Martin, Nada Bakos, director Greg Barker and ex-CIA Operative Cynthia Storer from the film Manhunt during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival at the Fender Music Lodge in Park City, Utah. -- PHOTO: VICTORIA WILL/INVISION/AP

PARK CITY, Utah (AFP) - While Hollywood-style Osama bin Laden manhunt movie Zero Dark Thirty has garnered controversy and awards, a lower-profile film seeks to tell the real story of finding the Al Qaeda chief.

Manhunt, a documentary by United States (US) director Greg Barker, was presented at the Sundance Film Festival this week, days after Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow's dramatization won best actress Golden Globe for Jessica Chastain.

In meticulous detail, including through interviews with ex CIA agents, it traces the two-decade hunt - one before 9/11 and one after - that led to the Abbottabad, Pakistan hideout where Bin Laden was killed on May 1, 2011.

The film, produced by American television channel HBO, is one of the most highly-anticipated at America's biggest independent movie festival in the snowy mountains of Utah.

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