The documentary is about the covert CIA drone war. Through voices on both sides of this new technology, the film reveals crucial information about the drone war in Pakistan and offers unique insights into the nature of drone warfare.
The documentary follows people on both sides of the drone technology. The unique access to drone victims in Waziristan is juxtaposed to drone pilots who struggle to come to terms with the new warfare. The film covers diverse and integral ground from the recruitment of young pilots at gaming conventions and the re-definition of "going to war", to the moral stance of engineers behind the technology, the world leaders giving the secret "green light" to engage in the biggest targeted killing program in history, and the people willing to stand up against the violations of civil liberties and fight for transparency, accountability and justice. Written by
There are few topics, in my view, more important than the discussion of how drone and other technological weapons forged in our modern network-centric age are utilized. This film attempts to broach the topic but it has one fatal flaw.
While the director, Tonje Hessen Schei, tells audiences in screenings that she has told the story from "both sides of the drones," she has markedly missed the mark like a hellfire missile following a laser malfunction. Tonje does not present reality, rather she presents actors ready to recite lines on command.
The "drone operators" in her film, and especially her star and literal poster child, Brandon Bryant, devastate the credibility of her film once any research is done.
As the film "Brandon Bryant the Documentary: Drones & Deceptions" demonstrates, DRONE from Hessen Schei lacks credibility by engaging an actor who will say anything for the camera; a great benefit to a fictional work, but quite fatal to the credibility of a documentary.
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