Media Arts Program

Wednesday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m.


WNY Peace Center & Veterans for Peace present

National Bird

A Film by Sonia Kennebeck (2016, 92 min.)

Screened with permission from Sonia Kennebeck, Director

Executive produced by Wim Wenders and Errol Morris, Malaysian-born director Sonia Kennebeck's 2016 documentary 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 will be followed by a panel discussion featuring one of the three whistleblowers profiled in the film, Lisa Ling.

Lisa Ling served in the U.S. military as a technical sergeant on drone surveillance systems before leaving with an honorable discharge in 2012. She appears in the 2016 documentary on drone warfare, National Bird.

L.A. Times op-ed co-authored by Lisa Ling (7/16/17).


Tuesday, August 8 at 7:00 p.m.


Wounaan: A People of the Rainforest

A documentary film in three parts

Produced & directed by Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy & Perry Kennedy

Introduced in person by and with an audience Q&A with Liz Kennedy

Hallwalls is pleased to host our good friend Liz Kennedy, visiting from Arizona, presenting a screening of the three-part documentary film she co-produced with then-husband Perry Kennedy in an earlier, pre-Buffalo period of her career as a social anthropologist. The film was shot on 8mm film in 1964-1966 on the Siguirisúa and Docampadó rivers in the Chocó region of Colombia in South America. Perry was the cinematographer and editor, with Liz serving as ethnographer as well as co-director. Long-time Buffalo residents Angela & Charlie Keil served as Associate Producers.

Part 1: Wounaan: A People of the Rainforest (70 min.)
Part 2: Rainforest Technology: the Wounaan House and Canoe (26 min.)
In-person Q&A with Liz Kennedy (approximately 8:45 p.m.)
Part 3: Rainforest Technology: Wounaan Agriculture (51 min.)

"The Wounaan Trilogy documents major elements of Wounaan social life, before it was ravaged by violence and contemporary capitalism. As such they are unique historical documents… The films were edited in the early 1970s, but were not distributed in the interests of withholding cultural information from the North American geologists who were then in the early stages of exploring for oil in the region."

Since the films' release in this decade (2011), they have been enthusiastically received by Wounaan in Panama and in refugee communities in Bogotá, Colombia ... continue reading >>

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