A film by Sonia Kennebeck
Monday, April 3
12:00pm - 2:00 pm
Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 Fourth St
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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. 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. The film was executive produced by Wim Wenders and Errol Morris and premiered in the prestigious Specials Section of the Berlin Film Festival 2016 and was also selected for Tribeca, Sheffield and IDFA, among many other festivals.
Sonia Kennebeck is an independent documentary filmmaker and investigative journalist with more than 15 years of directing and producing experience. She has directed eight television documentaries and more than 50 investigative reports. Filmmaker Magazine selected Sonia Kennebeck as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film 2016. Sonia received a Master’s degree in International Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C.
She was born in Malacca, Malaysia and lives in New York.
Discussion and Q&A following screening
with producer, Ines Hofmann Kanna
Ines Hofmann Kanna has worked as a 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, the Independent Television Service, guiding more than 30 filmmakers from production to 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 Hofmann Kanna has a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. She was born and raised in East Germany.
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