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Nominee
Amnesty International Film Prize
Berlin International Film Festival
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A gripping indictment of America's increasing reliance on drone warfare. Scary, potent, powerful stuff.
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National Bird

National Bird follows the dramatic journey of three whistle-blowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial current affairs issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. At the center of the film are three U.S. military veterans. Plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries, they decide to speak out publicly, despite the possible consequences. Their stories take dramatic turns, leading one of the protagonists to Afghanistan where she learns about a horrendous incident. But her journey also gives hope for peace and redemption. National Bird gives rare insight into the U.S. drone program through the eyes of veterans and survivors, connecting their stories as never seen before in a documentary. Its images haunt the audience and bring a faraway issue close to home.

Played at

Monica Film Center, 11.18.16 - 11.24.16
Rated NR
Genre: Documentary, Politics & World Affairs
Runtime: 92 min
Language: English

Director: Sonia Kennebeck
Cast: Jesselyn Radack

Awards:
  • Nominee, Amnesty International Film Prize, Berlin International Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW: John Fink, The Film Stage
Calling for a national conversation that we ought to be having on the use of lethal force, National Bird considers all sides of the program, from those pulling the trigger from remote facilities to the collateral damage on the ground. Directed by Sonia Kennebeck, READ REVIEW