DRONE

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(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

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