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#UAV: Jemima Khan-backed documentary explores impact of US Drone Strikes in Pakistan

American drone strikes inside Pakistani territory have long been a contentious issue.

In October, rights group Amnesty International called on the Obama administration to investigate reports of civilians killed and wounded in attacks by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s).

And now the former wife of one of Pakistan’s most vocal critics of US drone attacks has entered the fray, producing a new documentary which explores the impact of the attacks on Pakistan’s civilian population. 

Jemima Khan, ex-wife of Pakstani cricketing legend turned politician Imran Khan, is the producer of ‘Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars’, directed by American filmmaker and political activist Robert Greenwald.

Through a series of interviews, the film highlights the stories of ordinary citizens who have died or whose lives have been irrevocably altered as a result of these strikes.

Whilst drone attacks have accounted for a number of high profile terrorist leaders over the past decade, the film claims that the strikes are often imprecise and result in creating more enemies for the American people.

Upon its release earlier this month, ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ director Michael Moore called the film “required viewing” at all US schools.

New York-based Greenwald is the driving force behind Brave New Films, a production company that uses the moving image to “empower viewers to take action”.

In keeping with Brave New Films’ distribution model, the film will be available to stream online for free.  For more information, visit www.bravenewfilms.org.

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