Casualties of war rage beyond the battlefield. As ranks of women in the American military swell, so do incidents of rape. An estimated 30 percent of servicewomen and at least 1 percent of servicemen are sexually assaulted during their enlistment. And not by the enemy, but at the hands of fellow soldiers. With stark clarity and escalating revelations, The Invisible War exposes a rape epidemic in the armed forces, investigating the institutions that perpetuate it as well as its profound personal and social consequences.
We meet characters who embraced their service with pride and professionalism, only to have their idealism crushed. Their chilling stories of violent sexual assault become even more rattling as they seek justice in a Kafkaesque military legal system. As a courageous few defy victimhood, they face their most challenging fight yet: penetrating a closed circuit where officers collude, cases are routinely swept under the rug, and few perpetrators are tried or convicted. –Sundance Film Festival
Kirby Dick (born August 23, 1952) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and editor. He is best known for directing documentary films. He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature for directing Twist of Faith (2005). He has also received numerous awards from film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival and Los Angeles Film Festival.
Life and career
Dick studied at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, California Institute of the Arts, and the American Film Institute. His first documentary feature, Private Practices: The Story of a Sex Surrogate (1986), enjoyed a successful festival run, and Dick spent the following decade pursuing a variety of projects before completing Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997). Sick examined the life of performance artist Bob Flanagan, who utilized sadomasochism as a therapeutic device to help cope with cystic fibrosis. The film was an international festival hit, winning… read more
Mandatory viewing for everyone who lives in the United States. Put it in civics classes.
finally a great documentary that addresses the issue of rape of women AND men in the military. it's disgusting. i wanted to purge myself of ever watching this because of how many terrible things have happened to these people. this is how you do a documentary.
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This is a hard documentary to stomach both from human, judicial and political views. We get to see the every day existence of American military veterans who have been raped and then disbelieved by… read review