Media Arts Program
 


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

FREE

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).

 
 
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Laylah Ali's work explores power dynamics and interpersonal conflict through compositions that position culturally, racially and sexually ambiguous figures in precarious, loaded, and unexpectedly humorous situations. Ali uses concise—even minimal—imagery that is specific in rendering and intent. While there are narratives in Ali's work, they are stories whose open spaces often give them the atmosphere of fables.