National Bird

Synopsis: 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. At the center of the film are three U.S. military veterans. Plagued 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 veterans 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.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Sonia Kennebeck
Production: Ten Forward Films
  3 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.0
Metacritic:
75
Rotten Tomatoes:
100%
UNRATED
Year:
2016
92 min
£10,019
Website
8 Views

And just think about

what I was doing.

It was just different

emotional responses.

I mean a lot of times afterwards

I would feel just empty.

And if I was crying it was

because I just didn't know

how to stop feeling like that.

How to stop feeling like a

shell and it was an empty void.

And it was... I was like always

shaking after we do strikes

because it's such an adrenaline

rush. You're killing someone.

You see someone die because you

said it was OK to kill them.

MAN:
This is the future

and it's already here.

The Predator, it just doesn't

give up. It doesn't quit.

It will find you. It

will hunt you down.

MAN:
You step into

the ground control

station which is your cockpit.

You immediately feel like

you're in an airplane.

MAN:
It's kind of like

having an eagle or something

over your head, constantly

landing on your arm,

recording what's going on.

WOMAN:
A spy in the sky really.

Lets them see what

they need to see.

MAN:
It's really a good

feeling to know that you're

helping the guys on the ground.

That's really why I

think all of us do it.

MAN:
Being part of the Air

Force makes me feel proud.

And people tell me, thank you.

That's when I remember that I'm

doing something bigger than me.

DANIEL:
Before I

joined the military,

I was well aware that

what I was about to enter

was something that I was

against, that I disagreed with.

I joined anyways out

of desperation because I

was homeless. I was desperate.

I had nowhere else to go.

I was on my last leg.

And... if... in the Air Force

was ready to accept me.

I still work in intelligence

as a contractor.

Basically until I go to school

in... in the fall semester.

And I saw the top

secret clearance.

I... it's... Once you're given

a top secret clearance,

it's good for five

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