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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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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (11)

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.

August 25, 2018 | Full Review…

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 15, 2016 | Full Review…

"National Bird" is powerful cinematic journalism.

November 17, 2016 | Full Review…

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

November 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.

November 11, 2016 | Full Review…

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

November 10, 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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