Tonje Hessen Schei
America has been carrying out drone attacks in Pakistan for years, causing huge numbers of civilian casualties. In Drone, surviving relatives and human rights lawyers, but also young drone pilots who are recruited in the gaming world, give an account of the suffering and injustice this entails.
Because drone technology develops at an infinitely greater pace than international law, the legality of drone use is still a grey area. The CIA has been carrying out drone attacks in Pakistan for years, causing huge numbers of civilian casualties. Drone tells the shocking stories of the families of drone victims, of passionate human rights lawyers, and of drone manufacturers and pilots. These pilots – young men who from the Nevada desert carry out attacks they can hardly comprehend – are recruited in the gaming world. ‘It was just point and click.’
Drone technology radically changed the art of warfare as it allows to kill massively, invisibly and at a great distance. In the film, critics, victims and perpetrators call for transparency and accountability. Drone makes a clear statement in a discussion that has yet to fully begin, and makes a convincing case for the urgency of a political, legal and moral debate on the use of drones.
Norway 2014, 78 min.
Spoken language: Pashtu, Urdu, English
Official website: http://www.dronethedocumentary.com, https://www.facebook.com/DRONEDOCUMENTARY https://twitter.com/DroneDoc
Norwegian Film Institute