(Tonje Hessen Schei, Norway). 78 minutes. Rating: NNNN
Tonje Hessen Schei’s Drone starts from the presumption that remotely piloted airborne vehicles are a bad idea; they turn actual combat into video games that remove any risk to the pilots and thus distance them from the consequences of their lethal actions.
By the end of the picture, you’ll find it hard to disagree with that argument. Interviewing pilots, developers and victims of drone strikes, the Norwegian filmmaker explores this disturbing new trend in long- distance warfare – and what it’s doing to geopolitics and the rules of engagement – making a compelling argument that we’ve already lost control of the machines. Apr 24, 3: 45 pm, TIFF 3; Apr 25, 4: 30 pm, TIFF 1; May 2, 10: 30 am, Bloor Hot Docs