Drone

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This film follows people on both sides of the drone technology. The unique access to drone victims in Waziristan is juxtaposed to drone pilots who struggle to come to terms with the new warfare. The film covers diverse and integral ground from the recruitment of young pilots at gaming conventions and the re-definition of "going to war", to the moral stance of engineers behind the technology, the world leaders giving the secret "greenlight" to engage in the biggest targeted killing program in history, and the people willing to stand up against the violations of civil liberties and fight for transparency, accountability and justice.

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Critic Reviews for Drone

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  • This Swedish doc by Tonje Hessen Schei covers a lot of ground in succinct fashion.

    January 31, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It would have been nice to hear testimony from someone still inside the drone program, but Drone is an effective exploration of a seldom-discussed political and moral issue.

    May 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Clinically-minded, touching on all the landmines of technicality embedded within its subject, this is a film that seeks to punch above its weight.

    April 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Allie Gemmill

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  • Make no mistake, the questions that Schei poses are important ones, and Drone is a sleekly produced documentary. But a failure to bring any new perspectives on the topic means that what should be required viewing, unfortunately, isn't.

    April 22, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It's hard to deny the film's ultimate goal of opening up a public discussion about how we wish to be defended by our governments.

    January 14, 2016 | Full Review…
  • A brilliant dissection of high technology deployed on behalf of barbaric goals.

    November 20, 2015 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 24, 2015
    Drones is an interesting thought piece on how drone warfare is politically expedient but perhaps not morally so. The focus on the potential for drones being used against the United States is a good warning but somehow the version of the film that I saw lacked subtitles and therefore the context provided by those who were victims of drone attacks was lost. More discussion with the drone operator who left his position would have made for a stronger film as well. We tend to observe him more than hearing from him in a lot of cases.
    John B Super Reviewer

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