Past screening

National Bird

Directed by: Sonia Kennebeck
Runtime: 1hr 32min Year: 2016
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Directed by: Sonia Kennebeck
Runtime: 1hr 32min Year: 2016
Country: United States
Last Screened: Thu 24th Nov 2016

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.

★★★★  “Disturbing… and enraging… With stealth and elegance, Kennebeck brings these alarming truths into the light.” – The Guardian

“Chilling exposé… haunting, rather beautiful sequences…” – Hollywood Reporter

Executive produced by Errol Morris and Wim Wenders, the centre of the film are three U.S. veterans. Tortured 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 soldiers 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.