Bin Laden film soon to be released

A TV documentary about the death of Osama bin Laden is being broadcast in the United States just two days before the Presidential election.

The dramatisation will be shown on the National Geographic Channel. It was made by The Weinstein Co. and Voltage Pictures.

Weinstein co-chairman Harvey Weinstein is a prominent fundraiser for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

Bin Laden’s death in a raid on his Pakistan compound by US Navy Seals has been used in the campaign as an example of the president’s leadership.

Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden will be shown on Sunday, November 4. Mr Obama faces Republican challenger Mitt Romney at the polls two days later.

National Geographic Channel says it chose the date of the screening to help promote the start of its autumn schedules.

The channel said it is not a political decision but was motivated by a desire to get out ahead of a rival movie about the hunt for the al Qaeda leader.

Zero Dark Thirty, from director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, is scheduled to be released in cinemas at the end of the year.

Seal Team Six, directed by John Stockwell, was also set to be released in cinemas until the channel made a bid for it.

The cast includes Cam Gigandet, Anson Mount, Freddy Rodriquez and Xzibit.

It is the channel’s first original film drawn from real events and is part of a programming expansion that includes the recently announced Killing Lincoln, based on Bill O’Reilly’s best-selling book.

The depiction of the Bin Laden raid in Pakistan was vetted by experts that included a recently retired Navy Seal and a Bin Laden historian, the channel said.

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