Robert Redford opened the Sundance Film Festival by demanding an apology for the war in Iraq. The festival features several decidedly political films, including “Chicago 10,” which centers on demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic convention, and “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib.”
Redford said he, like many others, had shown a “spirit of unity” with the U.S. government after 11 September 2001.
“We put all our concerns on hold to let the leaders lead,” he said. “I think we’re owed a big, massive apology.”
The actor, whose Sundance Institute for independent film runs the annual festival, usually steers clear of political messages in his opening speech.
Festival opener “Chicago 10” recounts the demonstrations surrounding 1968’s Democratic National Convention, which saw protestors clash with the National Guard.