Drones are changing the way we conduct war. They’re also transforming the ways in which soldiers experience it. In National Bird, filmmaker Sonia Kennebeck explores the United States’ controversial drone war, providing rare insights through the eyes and experiences of veterans and survivors. The film follows three whistleblowers: former drone operators who were involved in top-secret tracking of targets and who now live with guilt, post-traumatic stress, and fears of persecution.
David Barr – For the past five years, Barr has worked with the veteran community at the macro and micro levels in both local and federal agencies. He is a licensed clinical social worker providing counseling to combat veterans with the Vet Center program. Barr separated from the military in 2011 after having served in the active duty Army and the California National Guard. He is a veteran of the Iraq War.
Nathan Graeser – As the community program administrator for the Center for Innovation and Research for Veteran and Military Families (CIR) at the USC School of Social Work, Graeser directs the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative and Innovation Fund. He has served in the U.S. Army National Guard for nearly 17 years, including as a chaplain for combat arms battalion the last five years.
Ronnie Eo – Now a community, organization and business innovation fellow at the USC School of Social Work, Eo engages with veterans and veteran service providers through CIR. He separated from the U.S. Army in 2015 after 11 years of service.
KPCC In Person and PBS SoCal – working in conjunction with Indie Lens Pop-Up – present documentary films as a way to seed conversations with community members who bring unique and relevant insights to the subjects covered in the films.