Imperial War Museum (IWM) London presents Omer Fast

. August 31, 2013

Imperial War Museum (IWM) London presents Omer Fast on view until 29 September 2013, presenting the London premiere of his film 5000 Feet is the Best.

Omer Fast, 5000 Feet is the Best (still), 2011. Digital film. Courtesy of the artist.

Omer Fast, 5000 Feet is the Best (still), 2011. Digital film. Courtesy of the artist.


5000 Feet is the Best takes its name from the optimum operational flight altitude of a US Air Force Predator drone. Based on a series of interviews conducted in a Las Vegas hotel room with a former drone operator, artist Omer Fast presents a 30-minute film on the subject of drone warfare.

Fast opens his film with an interview with the drone operator as he recounts his combat experiences of flying over Afghanistan and Pakistan. Speaking mostly off-camera, the drone operator details the psychological impact of engaging an enemy from thousands of miles away. Switching between documentary interview footage and fictionalized re-enactments, Fast creates a multifaceted and unstable sense of reality. Combined with surreal shots of suburban Nevada, the film offers a subtle exploration of how the use of drones is rapidly changing the politics, principles and personal experience of contemporary conflict.

Fast’s critical perspective on the shifting nature of contemporary warfare blurs the lines between fiction and reality, truth and memory, combat and everyday life, demonstrating the ethical complexity of one of the most hotly debated topics on the media agenda.

IWM London
Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ
Hours: Daily 10am–6pm
Admission free
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