Errol Morris and Wim Wenders both have new films out this year: Morris’ “The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography” examines the life and work of polaroid portrait artist Elsa Dorfman, and Wenders’ “The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez” captures a conversation between a man and woman that encompasses the totality of life. But the two acclaimed directors have also executive produced Sonia Kennebeck’s documentary feature debut “National Bird,” about drone warfare and the three whistleblowers determined to break the silence around the controversial affair. Watch the trailer for the film below.
The film follows three members of the military: Heather, an “imagery analyst” who determines whether potential targets are real; Lisa, a surveillance expert; and Darrel, an intelligence operative. All three express deep remorse over their actions and are compelled to speak out about drone warfare in spite of the potential consequences. Featuring noted whistleblower attorney Jesselyn Radack, best known for representing Edward Snowden, “National Bird” provides rare insight into the U.S. drone program through the eyes of military personnel and survivors alike so as to present the people behind the violence.
“National Bird” will be released in theaters on November 11th at Cinema Village in New York City, followed by the Los Angeles premiere on November 18 at the Laemmle Monica Film Center, and then a national release in select cities.