In a desert bunker in the USA, Brandon Bryant would sit for hours at a computer in a windowless room and kill people. With a simple click, he could fire from a drone towards black silhouettes on the screen in front of him, and a second later they were dead. This alarming new film explores the extent of the secret CIA drone war and a new kind of soldier, the 'Drone Warrior'.
Following 9/11 the Bush administration quietly greenlit a programme of drone attacks as part of its war on terror. The CIA began carrying out this programme, causing untold numbers of civilian casualties. Drone exposes the true impact of these deadly strikes, revealing how technology has radically changed the nature of war, making it possible to kill massively, invisibly and from thousands of miles away. Speaking to the families of Pakistani victims as well as human rights advocates, activists and ex-drone soldiers like Brandon, it quickly becomes clear that for the people living in certain regions of the world life under the ever watching eye of drones is unbearable. Drone raises important issues about government policy, the legal and above all moral debate on the use of drones.
Pick of Doc/Fest
Sheffield Doc/Fest presents three films from the 2015 edition that are featured as part of the Ideas & Science strand, illuminating stories which explore questions and ideas that lie at the heart of scientific thinking. Good Girl, Drone and Containment are films that feature filmmaking innovation and creativity as well as exploring subjects of depression and therapy, nuclear containment and drone technology and ethics.
Supported by Wellcome Trust
Official selection: IDFA, 2014
Official selection: CPH:DOX 2014
Official selection: True / False 2014