Independent Lens: National Bird
Drones are gaining prominence in all aspects of society. But, their original design was for combat in the American military. Independent Lens: National Bird, a film about military drones with interviews from those who have controlled them, airs at 10pm Monday, May 1, on CET and at 10:30pm Friday, May 5, on ThinkTV16.
Three U.S. military veterans star as the subjects of the film. The demand for remote drone pilots is increasing, but at what cost to the psyche? Remote pilots watch the bombing and aftermath in live detail. They are not allowed to talk about what they see to anyone, not even their psychiatrists. For some people, bottled-up emotions like these are too much to handle.