About the Film
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.
See the Film
You can now stream the film on Netflix.
To order a DVD or BluRay, please visit Amazon.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 7pm: Pollock Theater at Carsey-Wolf Center, UC Santa Barbara, including Q&A with director.
Sunday, November 19, 2017, 6pm: Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland, CA, including Q&A with protagonist and producer.
Past Festival Screenings
2017 Stockholm Feminist Film Festival, Sweden
2016 IDFA Amsterdam
2016 Marda Loop Justice Film Festival
2016 Brattleboro Film Festival
2016 Kasseler Dokfest, Germany
2016 Olympia Film Festival
2016 Right Now Film Festival, UK
2016 360° Science and Technology Film Festival, Moscow
2016 Zürich International Film Festival
2016 Filmfest Hamburg
2016 Milwaukee International Film Festival
2016 Camden International Film Festival
2016 Melbourne Film Festival
2016 East End Film Festival London
2016 Sydney Film Festival
2016 Sheffield Doc|Fest
2016 San Francisco International Film Festival
2016 Tribeca Film Festival
2016 Berlin Film Festival