A film documenting civilian deaths caused by the United States drone program in Pakistan was released in New York City on Wednesday.
The film – “Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars” – directed by American filmmaker Robert Greenwald, premiered a day after the family of Pakistani drone strike victim appeared before Congress.
9-year-old Nabila Rehman who was injured by a drone strike in Pakistan, along with her brother Zubair Rehman and father Rafiq ur Rehman, was invited to speak about the attack last year that killed their 67-year-old grandmother Momina Bibi. Greenwald also joined the family for the hearing.
“Unmanned” provides harrowing details of civilian casualties and survivors as well as disturbing accounts from former United States Air Force (USAF) operators of drones. It also features Rafiq ur Rehman and his children.
The documentary was released just a week after Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch released reports claiming the U.S. carried out unlawful killings in Pakistan and Yemen through drone attacks, some of which could even be equal to war crimes.
According to international crowdfunding platform Indegogo, Greenwald tried to raise money for the completion of the documentary in June. Although the target wasn’t achieved, he managed to finish the project nevertheless.
“Our film will put a spotlight on the impact of Drones on innocent people around the world, including in Pakistan and Yemen as well as the effects the U.S. Drone policy has on our own national security,” the filmmaker stated.
Greenwald, the president of non-profit organization Brave New Foundation, added that he had produced and directed more than 50 films, TV movies and miniseries. He turned to documentary filmmaking in 2004 due to the lack of progressive media and U.S. “war on terror.”
You can watch the teaser trailer for “Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars” in the video above.