The Peace & Justice Center is delighted to share screenings being hosted in various places throughout Vermont next month. Each screening will be followed by a panel and/or Q&A. VT PBS, local communities and the PJC are coming together to do this. We are excited to help make connections to members of the Will Miller Chapter of Green Mountain Veteran’s for Peace, and others who have work with us and on their own, to expose realities of drone weaponry. Understanding drone warfare is an important aspect of exploring the military industrial complex and how it is changing. We think this film is full of heart and we love that it spotlights the courage of whistleblowers who dare to do what is right. We hope that is moves individuals and communities throughout the state and disrupts misinformation that is shared about these weapons.

We hope to see Peace & Justice Center folks at some of these Vermont screenings hosted by VT PBS and local community partners.

  • Thursday, April 13 at 6:30pm at The Art House Gallery, Studio & School, 67 S Craftsbury Rd, Craftsbury. In partnership with VT PBS, the Art House, Sterling College, and the Peace & Justice Center.
  • Tuesday, April 18 at 7pm at Johnson State College in Johnson. In partnership with VT PBS, Johnson State College, and the Peace & Justice Center.
  • Thursday, April 20 at 7pm at Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave, Manchester Center. In partnership with VT PBS, the Manchester Community Library, and the Peace & Justice Center.
  • Wednesday, April 26 at 7pm at Catamount Arts, 115 Eastern Ave, St Johnsbury. In partnership with VT PBS, Catamount Arts, and the Peace & Justice Center.
  • DATE MOVED! From Tuesday, April 25 to THURSDAY, MAY 18th at 7pm at Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, Montpelier. In partnership with VT PBS, the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, and the Peace & Justice Center.

Description from nationalbirdfilm.com:

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.

Director, Sonia Kenneback, shares more about the film in her director’s statement. Below is just an excerpt. For the full statement click here.

National Bird is an investigative political documentary that explores the complex issue of drone warfare from a human perspective. Through this film, I hope to enliven the public debate not just by enriching the existing discourse with a balanced portrait of the U.S. drone program, but more importantly by illuminating the impact this program has on the people – veterans and survivors – the human side of this war. Like previous advancements in military technology, combat drones have transformed warfare, outpacing the ability of legal and moral frameworks to adapt and address these developments. A broad, immersive, and thoroughly public discourse is critical to understanding the social cost of drone warfare.

From the day I met my first source in rural Pennsylvania to that moment in Kabul where I sat on a wooden bench opposite a maimed man and his son, this project has grown far beyond my expectations. The protagonists have given me intimate access to their stories and lives to educate the public about a weapons program with global implications. I greatly respect their courage and thoughtfulness, but most of all their humanity.