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SPOTLIGHT

NATIONAL BIRD

Directed by Sonia Kennebeck
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 92 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE NATIONAL BIRD
Heather battles psychological demons. Daniel fears dangers that may strike at any moment. Lisa exorcises her troubles with an unlikely search for forgiveness. The common cause of their suffering: the U.S. Air Force’s predator drone program, though none of them were victims of an attack. They were servicemen and women who conducted America’s unmanned war.

Filmmaker Sonia Kennebeck takes on the controversial tactic of drone warfare, and demands accountability through the personal accounts—recollections, traumas, and responses—of three American veterans whose lives have been shaken by the roles they played in this controversial method of attack. Through a compassionate lens that captures moments of regret and confusion, she argues that no matter the distance, analysts can sustain psychological injuries, and are then either ignored or kept silent. Superbly crafted visuals add depth to her concern, while a moment-by-moment account of a drone attack from both sides of the conflict exemplifies the brutality of the program. Executive produced by Wim Wenders and Errol Morris, National Bird demands accountability through a direct and difficult question: how will history judge America for these attacks?

—Cara Cusumano
Female Director(s), Documentary, New York
About the Director(s)
Sonia Kennebeck is an independent documentary filmmaker and investigative journalist who has worked for CNN and ARD German public television's highest-rated current affairs program, Panorama. She lives in Washington, D.C., where she runs her own production company Ten Forward Films and makes films about international politics and human rights.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Spotlight
  • Year:
    2016
  • Length:
    92 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    North American
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Sonia Kennebeck
  • Producer:
    Sonia Kennebeck, Ines Hofmann Kanna
  • Editor:
    Maxine Goedicke
  • Cinematographer:
    Torsten Lapp
  • Executive Producer:
    Wim Wenders, Errol Morris
  • Composer:
    Insa Rudolph

Contacts
  • Press Contact
    Susan Norget
    Susan Norget Film Promotion
    New York, NEW YORK 10013
    Phone: 212 431 0090
    susan@norget.com
  • Print Source
    Ines Hofmann Kanna
    Ten Forward Films LLC
    Washington, DC 20009
    contact@tenforwardfilms.com
  • US Sales Contact
    Josh Braun
    Submarine
    New York, NY 10013
    Phone: 212 625 1410
    josh@submarine.com
  • International Sales Contact
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    ro*co international
    Sausalito, CA 94965
    Phone: 415 332 6471
    cristine@rocofilms.com

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