Join Indievents, Gigastrand International, and Club David, Wednesday, October 19, for the South Dakota Premiere of NATIONAL BIRD.
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.
The film is executive produced by film maker Wim Wenders and Oscar winner Errol Morris. It is produced and directed by Sonia Kennebeck.
Here is some press about the film:
“If only this compelling documentary were science fiction…”
“Sonia Kennebeck’s terrifying documentary demonstrates the ease with which it is decided that a life should come to an end in American military strategy.” – The Upcoming
“Chilling exposé… haunting, rather beautiful sequences…”
“Less concerned with stats or figures than with revealing the faces behind the action, Kennebeck follows three people who took part in the USAF’s unmanned aerial vehicle program…” – Hollywood Reporter
“Chilling testimony… should cast an impressive shadow…”
An “alarm-sounding topic doc” that asks, “If the U.S. can justify the use of drones in Afghanistan, the film implies, on what authority can we forbid other countries from doing the same to us?” – Variety
You can watch a trailer for the film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MsQajdMt40
The screening will be at 7 PM at Club David. Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 at the door.
You can purchase advance tickets at Club David, Zandbroz, The Last Stop CD Shop or online here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-bird-documentary-screening-south-dakota-premiere-tickets-28473953361
Gigastrand International is a co-sponsor of this screening please check them out at http://gigastrand.com/
We look forward to seeing everyone there!