National Bird Reviews

December 27, 2018
A chilling, disturbing look into the realities of America's secret drone war in the Middle East.
August 25, 2018
It is a thoughtful, sensitive and probing look at the ethics of drone warfare, carefully balancing its focus on those who press the buttons with the very real horrors faced by those on the receiving end, particularly innocent civilians.
December 15, 2016
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.
December 13, 2016
In punchy journalistic fashion and through elegant, combustible aerial imagery, Kennebeck captures a range of collateral damage in other countries and back home.
November 17, 2016
"National Bird" is powerful cinematic journalism.
November 17, 2016
Kennebeck may be a newcomer to feature filmmaking, but her grasp of the material is accomplished.
November 16, 2016
A profile of three whistleblowers who are very critical of America's secret drone program.
November 11, 2016
Kennebeck manages to present a well-paced and structured documentary that's also culturally significant.
November 11, 2016
National Bird shows that war will always be hell, even for those who aren't on the battleground.
November 10, 2016
[An] elegantly unsettling documentary about the United States' reliance on aerial combat drones.
November 9, 2016
By far the most effective treatment in either documentary or narrative film of the war crimes that will be linked with Barack Obama for decades to come.
November 7, 2016
Anger isn't the over-riding emotion here. It's sadness, as these broken individuals face up to their individual culpability in a long-distance killing machine which is both inhuman and inhumane.
November 7, 2016
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
November 7, 2016
Chilling testimony from those three veterans, each of whom helped to wage war from behind consoles half a world away, serves as the backbone of a film that adds its voice to mounting criticism of the U.S. drone program.
October 13, 2016
...the personal cost of impersonal killing...
July 12, 2016
Hearing whistle blowers describe the nightmare of misguided drone attacks is one thing, but when retired General Stanley McChrystal describes it, one listens.
April 26, 2016
A gripping indictment of America's increasing reliance on drone warfare. Scary, potent, powerful stuff.
April 24, 2016
Mixing talking heads and on-the-ground footage, National Bird is a vital film about the true cost of war, well-reported by Kennebeck.
April 17, 2016
With stealth and elegance, Kennebeck brings these alarming truths into the light.
April 12, 2016
National Bird is a scathing and clearly delineated expose on America's use of drone warfare and the effects it has on both the victims of the attacks and the crews operating the aircraft.