National Bird (2016)

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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.

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The three subjects' personal stories don't really add up to a coherent critique of drone warfare, but their various experiences allow Kennebeck to attack the subject from multiple angles.

Dec 15, 2016 | Full Review…

"National Bird" is powerful cinematic journalism.

Nov 17, 2016 | Full Review…

Kennebeck may be a newcomer to feature filmmaking, but her grasp of the material is accomplished.

Nov 17, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

National Bird shows that war will always be hell, even for those who aren't on the battleground.

Nov 11, 2016 | Full Review…

[An] elegantly unsettling documentary about the United States' reliance on aerial combat drones.

Nov 10, 2016 | Full Review…

National Bird hardly offers any counterpoint to the arguments presented... But it does reveal a program whose international reach and seemingly limitless surveillance powers are extraordinarily difficult to keep in check

Nov 7, 2016 | Full Review…

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It is more interesting due to what it wants to say than how it does it, since it feels a bit repetitive after a while and relies mostly on talking heads to address a limiting subject in which there is too much that is confidential and not possible to be publicly disclosed.

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