Voices of the lost: 'Zero Dark Thirty' angers families of 9/11 victims

Voices of the lost: 'Zero Dark Thirty' angers families of 9/11 victims »Play Video
Betty Ann Ong is seen in a photo provided by her family. Ong, a flight attendant, died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (File photo)
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Cathie Ong-Herrera has not seen the Oscar-winning film "Zero Dark Thirty," nor does the Bakersfield woman plan on seeing it. It's too painful.

Especially upsetting for Ong-Herrera is the fact that the voice of her sister, Betty Ong, is used in the film.

The film begins with the actual voices of victims of 9/11, recorded as they made their last calls. Betty Ong was a flight attendant on board American Airlines Flight 11, the first plane to crash into the World Trade Center.

"We were never given any notification," said Harry Ong, brother to Betty and Cathie.

Other families are also objecting to the use of their loved ones' recorded voices in a commercial venture. While the recordings have been used in testimony for the 9/11 Commission and for numerous news reports, the families say using them in a commercial, for-profit movie is different.

The families are asking that Sony and Annapurna Pictures give credit by incorporating the names of the victims of 9/11 in future DVD releases of the film.

But, so far, the families have received no response from the filmmakers on that request.