Sonia Kennebeck


Screening of “National Bird,” Conversation With Director Set for Feb. 21

Sonia Kennebeck’s film about drone warfare to be shown in Gault Recital Hall

16 February, 2017 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio – The College of Wooster will host director Sonia Kennebeck, who will screen her film, “National Bird,” on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.). The event is free and open to the public.

Described by the L.A. Times as “powerful cinematic journalism,” “National Bird” premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and was also selected for the Tribeca Film Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Sydney Film Festival, and many others during 2016.

The film, which follows the dramatic journey of three U.S. military veterans-turned-whistleblowers, is an investigative political documentary that explores the complex issue of drone warfare from a human perspective. Kennebeck hopes to enrich the public discourse on the U.S. drone program by illustrating the impact it has had on both veterans and survivors.

Kennebeck, an independent documentary filmmaker and investigative journalist, has more than 15 years of directing and producing experience. She has directed eight television documentaries and more than 50 investigative reports, and “National Bird” is her first feature-length documentary.

The screening and conversation with Kennebeck is sponsored by the Department of Global and International Studies and the Department of Political Science at Wooster, and the Great Lakes Colleges Association Grand Challenge Grant. The latter seeks to build an interdisciplinary research and learning community beyond the borders of our educational institutions.