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.

NATIONAL BIRD will be available for digital download mid-February 2017.
The PBS broadcast premiere will be on May 1, 2017, on Independent Lens.

See the Film

Lake Worth Playhouse, Lake Worth, FL
January 13-19, 2017 / Tickets

Mountaintop Film Festival, Waitsfield, VT
January 14-19, 2017 / Tickets

Nantucket Dreamland, Nantucket, MA
Only January 18, 2017, 6:30pm / Tickets

Cookeville Performing Arts Center, Cookeville, TN
March 27, 2017, 6:30pm / Free Community Event

The Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
March 29, 2017 / Tickets

Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, CA
April 3, 2017, 12pm / Free Community Event

Hawai’i Women in Filmmaking, Honolulu, HI
April 4, 2017, 6:30pm / Free Community Event

Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, NH
April 4, 2017, 6:30pm / Free Community Event

Tim Gill Center for Public Media, Colorado Springs, CO
April 6, 2017, 7pm / Free Community Event

Madison Public Library, Madison, WI
April 9, 2017, 6:30pm / Free Community Event

Rialto Cinemas, Sebastopol, CA
April 10, 2017, 1pm & 7pm / Free Community Event

Rialto Cinema Elmwood, Berkeley, CA
April 12, 2017, 7pm / Free Community Event

Durango Public Library, Durango, CO
April 13, 2017, 6pm / Free Community Event

Midwest Theater, Scottsbluff, NE
April 13, 2017, 7:30pm / Free Community Event

Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
April 13, 2017, 7:00pm / Free Community Event

WXXI & The Little Theatre, Rochester, NY
April 24, 2017, 7:00pm / Free Community Event

Huber Theater, Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC
April 25, 2017, 7:30pm / Free Community Event

Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville, KY
April 25, 2017, 6:00pm / Free Community Event

Central Mesa County Public Library, Grand Junction, CO
April 26, 2017, 6:00pm / Free Community Event

Alabama Filmmaker Co-Op – Flying Monkey Arts Center, Huntsville, AL
April 27, 2017, 7:00pm / Free Community Event

Skyline Hills Library, San Diego, CA
April 29, 2017, 2:00pm / Free Community Event

Past Festival Screenings
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
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


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