When the United States wants to kill people in places it technically isn’t allowed to – Pakistan, say, or Yemen – it increasingly uses drones. And the person controlling them is often thousands of miles away in the Nevada Desert.
The phenomenon of the telecommuting warrior is the topic of Omer Fast’s short film, 5000ft Is The Best, now showing at the partly re-opened Imperial War Museum. Running as part of the IWM Contemporary strand, the film takes a real interview with a drone pilot, recreates the conversation with actors, then dramatises and re-imagines his account to unsettling effect. The narrative becomes increasingly disorientating, confusing time and place, and raising questions about the nature of contemporary warfare.
by Guy Parsons.