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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
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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