Plans for Movie on New Zealand Mosque Attacks Draw Criticism

The movie would be set in the days after the 2019 attacks in which 51 people were killed at two Christchurch mosques.

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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2020, file photo, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks during an interviewed in her office at the parliament in Wellington, New Zealand. Tentative plans for a movie that recounts the response of Ardern to a gunman's slaughter of Muslim worshippers drew criticism in New Zealand on Friday, June 11, 2021 for not focusing on the victims of the attacks. (AP Photo/Sam James, File)
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tentative plans for a movie that recounts the response of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to a gunman’s slaughter of Muslim worshippers drew criticism in New Zealand on Friday for not focusing on the victims of the attacks. Hollywood news outlet Deadline reported that Australian actor Rose Byrne was set to play Ardern in the movie “They Are Us,” which was being shopped by New York-based FilmNation Entertainment to international buyers.…

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