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MIPTV Picks ’16: National Bird

This film presents the stories of three whistleblowers hoping to place the spotlight on the U.S. government's drone warfare program.
March 15, 2016


Partners: Ten Forward Films, ITVS, NDR; distributed by ro*co films international
Premiered: February 2016 (Berlinale)
Length: 1 x 92 minutes
Rights available: All rights outside of North America and Germany/Austria/Switzerland (G-A-S)

Directed by Sonia Kennebeck, produced by Ines Hofmann Kanna and exec produced by Wim Wenders and Errol Morris, National Bird presents the stories of three whistleblowers hoping to place the spotlight on the U.S. government’s drone warfare program. In the military arena, the ramifications of being able to kill scores of “the enemy” remotely are just beginning to be seen. Filmed with practically no advance attention drawn to it by its funders, the project brings these three former members of the U.S. Air Force out of the shadows to share the effects that carrying out drone strikes have had on them.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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