Michelle Obama defends ‘American Sniper’ movie

The U.S. First Lady described the controversial box office flick as 'a complex, emotional depiction' of Iraq veterans

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U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday praised Clint Eastwood's controversial box office smash ‘American Sniper,’ describing it as “a complex, emotional depiction” of the experiences of Iraq war military veterans.

The film portrays Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's career as a sniper and the impact of the Iraq war on he and his family.

So far, it has made more than $200 million at the box office.

Read Also: What Iraqis think of ‘American Sniper’.

The movie provoked debate over its depiction of the situation in Iraq and has been accused whitewashing the aftermath of the war.

Speaking at a veterans-focused event Friday, Obama described the film as a "complex, emotional depiction of a veteran and his family."

The film portrayed "those wrenching stories that I've heard -- the complex journeys that our men and women in uniform endure," she added.

"While I know there have been critics, I felt that, more often than not, this film touches on many of the emotions and experiences that I've heard firsthand from military families over these past few years," she said.

Obama said the movie also showed "the stresses of balancing love of family with a love of country. And the challenges of transitioning back home to their next mission in life."

[with Agence France-Presse]

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