1h32m | Directed by Sonia Kennebeck | USA | Documentary
NATIONAL BIRD follows the dramatic journey of three whistleblowers 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. (c) Rotten Tomatoes
2016 Berlin International Film Festival – World Premiere
2016 Tribeca Film Festival – Official Selection
2016 San Francisco International Film Festival – Official Selection
2016 Sheffield Doc/Fest – Official Selection
Chilling testimony from those three veterans, each of whom helped to wage war from behind consoles half a world away, serves as the backbone of a film that adds its voice to mounting criticism of the U.S. drone program.
Peter Debruge | Variety | Full Review