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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brandon Bryant Brandon Bryant ... Himself - Former Drone Operator, U.S. Air Force
Zubair Rehman Zubair Rehman ... Himself - Drone Strike Survivor, North Waziristan (as Zubair Ur Rehman)
John Bellinger Iii John Bellinger Iii ... Himself - Legal Adviser, U.S. State Department
Mark Mazzetti ... Himself - Author, The Way of the Knife
Chris Woods Chris Woods ... Himself - Author, Sudden Justice
Bryan Callahan Bryan Callahan ... Himself - Director of RPA Operations (as Lt. Col. Bryan Callahan)
Clive Stafford Smith Clive Stafford Smith ... Himself - Human Rights Lawyer, Reprieve
Shahzad Akbar Shahzad Akbar ... Himself - Human Rights Lawyer, Director of Foundation for Fundamental Rights
Jonathan Landay Jonathan Landay ... Himself - Investigative Journalist
Hina Shamsi Hina Shamsi ... Herself - Human Rights Lawyer
Jay Carney ... Himself - White House Press Secretary
Imran Khan Imran Khan ... Himself - Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insal
Lawrence Wilkerson Lawrence Wilkerson ... Himself - Chief of Staff to Secretary of State
Andy Von Flotow Andy Von Flotow ... Himself - Founding Chairman, INSITU
Michael Haas Michael Haas ... Himself - Former Drone Operator, U.S. Air Force


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 Anonymous

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English | Urdu | Pushto

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10 April 2014 (Norway) See more »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Excellent award winning documentary
19 September 2016 | by novicmelissaSee all my reviews

This is truly a masterpiece of a documentary tapping into a topic so many in the US are afraid to touch on. The drone operators that have been speaking out against the drone program in the aftermath of the DRONE documentary, have done so risking their own safety. Many have been harassed online, and attempts have been made to discredit them. DRONE is not only credible when it comes to sources, it also features the first drone operator to actually tell the truth about the drone program and how it is destroying the lives of young operators lured into the serve-your-country-blindly trap. The documentary is well balanced when it comes to objectivity, and has been awarded several awards like the Norwegian Amanda for best documentary, Cinema for peace award for Most Valuable Documentary of the Year, Amnesty International award, and others. There have been many attempts to discredit both the film maker and the operator. That only strengthens my belief in what is revealed in the documentary about the drone program.

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