Unmanned: America's Drone Wars

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Unmanned: America's Drone Wars
Directed by Robert Greenwald
Produced by
  • Robert Greenwald
  • Jim Miller
Music by Rob Himbaugh
Edited by
  • Joseph Suzuki
  • Jason Gutierrez
Release date
  • October 30, 2013 (2013-10-30)
Country United States

Unmanned: America's Drone Wars is a feature-length documentary film released by Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films in October, 2013,[1][2] investigating the impact of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan and elsewhere.[2][3]


The film highlights the stories of 16-year-old Tariq Aziz, killed by a drone in 2011;[1][3][4] and school teacher, Rafiq ur Rehman, whose mother was killed and children hospitalized due to a drone strike in 2012.[4][5][6] Unmanned includes more than seventy interviews.[2][6] Prominent among these are a former American drone operator;[6][7] Pakistani families of drone victims who are seeking legal redress;[4] high ranking politicians and some of the military’s top brass,[6][8] warning against blowback from the loss of innocent life.[9] With the intent of humanizing those who have been impacted by US drone policy, Unmanned intersperses these interviews with never-before-seen footage from tribal regions in Pakistan.[9][10][11] The film claims that covert military drone strikes are often imprecise, and result in creating more enemies for the American people, who have little knowledge of how drone victims are targeted and killed.[1]


Unmanned premiered theatrically in New York City on October 30, 2013.[2][12] In keeping with Brave New Films' unique distribution model, it was also made available online for free.[4][9]

Congressional Briefing[edit]

In anticipation of the release, and for the first time ever, Brave New Films and Reprieve brought survivors of US drone strikes to Capitol Hill to testify at a Congressional briefing.[4][13] The initial response to Unmanned was positive. Michael Moore's website said, "It should be required viewing in all schools and homes in the United States.[7] The Front Page Online calls it "ardently compelling."[11]


Interviewees include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c DB Grady (Aug 5, 2013). "Interview: Robert Greenwald's war on drones". The Week. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "Movie screening: 'Unmanned: American Drone Wars'". The Express Tribune. 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
  3. ^ a b Anwar Iqbal (2013-10-31). "Film about civilian deaths in drone strikes released". Dawn.com. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e George Zornick (October 24, 2013). "New Film Highlights the Human Cost of Drone Warfare". The Nation. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
  5. ^ "Rafiq ur Rehman". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
  6. ^ a b c d Amy Goodman (October 31, 2013). ""These Drones Attack Us and the Whole World is Silent": New Film Exposes Secret U.S. War". Democracy Now. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  7. ^ a b David Swanson (October 29, 2013). "Unmanned". MichaelMoore.com. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  8. ^ Patrick Gavin (2013-10-28). "Drone documentary coming to Hill". Politico. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  9. ^ a b c Amir Jalil Bobra (October 27, 2013). "Documentary on drone screened". The Nation. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  10. ^ Margaret Sullivan (September 20, 2013). "Responding to Reader Comments on War Photographs and Drone Victims". The New York Times. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  11. ^ a b Ari L. Noonan (October 28, 2013). "Greenwald Returns to War, Armed, Against Drone Wars". The Front Page Online. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  12. ^ Denise Chow (October 31, 2013). "'Unmanned: America's Drone Wars' Documentary Premieres in NYC". Live Science. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  13. ^ Bill Moyers (October 30, 2013). "Preview: The Top Secret Trade Deal You Need to Know About". BillMoyers.com. Retrieved 30 October 2013.

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