National Bird

Three whistleblowers - all US veterans - risk everything to speak out against America's secret drone war.

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Series
Independent Lens
Premiere Date
May 1, 2017
Length
90 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
Diversity Development Fund
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Producer/Director

Sonia Kennebeck

Sonia Kennebeck is an independent documentary filmmaker and investigative journalist who has worked for CNN and for German public television's (ARD) highest-rated and longest-running current affairs program, Panorama. She lives in Washington, D.C., where she runs her own production company, Ten Forward Films, that makes films about international Show more politics and human rights. Her most recent documentary about the German brothel industry, Sex - Made in Germany, was an Official Selection of the Montreal World Film Festival 2013 and the Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo 2014. Kennebeck has over 12 years of production experience. She received a Master’s degree in International Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C. and was born in Malacca, Malaysia. National Bird is her first feature-length documentary film. Show less

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Producer

Ines Hofmann Kanna

Ines Hofmann Kanna has worked as television producer and director in the United States for the past 20 years. She began her career at Boston’s PBS station, WGBH, where she worked for ten years, most notably on the hit series Antiques Roadshow. She has also worked as Supervising Producer for ITVS, guiding more than thirty filmmakers from production to Show more broadcast, and acted as Series Producer on two ITVS documentary series, Global Voices and Women of the World. She now focuses on making social-issue documentaries with independent filmmakers from around the world. Ines has a Master’s degree in mass communication from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. She was born and raised in East Germany. Show less

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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. veterans. Tortured 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.

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