National Bird
North American Premiere

National Bird

| USA | 92 MINUTES | English | English subtitles
Female Director(s), Documentary, New York
Heather battles psychological demons. Daniel fears dangers that may strike at any moment. Lisa exorcises her troubles with an unlikely search for forgiveness. The common cause of their suffering: the U.S. Air Force’s predator drone program, though none of them were victims of an attack. They were servicemen and women who conducted America’s unmanned war.

Filmmaker Sonia Kennebeck takes on the controversial tactic of drone warfare, and demands accountability through the personal accounts—recollections, traumas, and responses—of three American veterans whose lives have been shaken by the roles they played in this controversial method of attack. Through a compassionate lens that captures moments of regret and confusion, she argues that no matter the distance, analysts can sustain psychological injuries, and are then either ignored or kept silent. Superbly crafted visuals add depth to her concern, while a moment-by-moment account of a drone attack from both sides of the conflict exemplifies the brutality of the program. Executive produced by Wim Wenders and Errol Morris, National Bird demands accountability through a direct and difficult question: how will history judge America for these attacks?

—Cara Cusumano

Cast & Credits
Directed by
Sonia Kennebeck
Sonia Kennebeck is an independent documentary filmmaker and investigative journalist who has worked for CNN and ARD German public television's highest-rated current affairs program, Panorama. She lives in Washington, D.C., where she runs her own production company Ten Forward Films and makes films about international politics and human rights.
Sonia Kennebeck
Sonia Kennebeck, Ines Hofmann Kanna
Maxine Goedicke
Torsten Lapp
Executive Producer
Wim Wenders, Errol Morris
Insa Rudolph

Print Source
Ines Hofmann Kanna
Codebreaker Films LLC
Oakland, CA 94610
Phone: 510 338 6387
US Sales Contact
Josh Braun
Submarine Entertainment
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212 625 1410
Press Contact
Susan Norget
Susan Norget Film Promotion
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 917 833 3056
International Sales Contact
Cristine Dewey
ro*co international
Sausalito, CA 94965
Phone: 415 332 6471
* Rush Tickets available at venue except for
Beacon Theatre
Rush will be offered when advanced tickets for a screening or event are no longer available at venues other than Beacon Theatre.
The Rush system functions as a standby line that will form at the venue approximately one hour prior to scheduled start time. Admittance is based on availability and will begin roughly 10 minutes prior to program start time. Rush Tickets are the same price as advance tickets and are payable upon entry.


Subscribe for festival news, exclusive offers, programming updates, and more!
Get Festival Updates

Tribeca Festival Partners

Presenting Partner
Signature Partners
Presenting Partner
Signature Partners
Presenting Partner
Signature Partners
Presenting Partner
Presenting Partner
Friends of the Festival
Presenting Partner
Media Friends of the Festival
Presenting Partner
Media Friends of the Festival
Presenting Partner
Industry Partners
See all partners