An uncomfortable confrontation with an acknowledged problem that gets little actionable progress out of it. The documentary captured the humanity of the rape survivors well, and brought into relief how women assaulted in the military are arguably more vulnerable than the general population. It made me appreciate how endemic the idea of "ignore and move on" is in military culture, and that's messed up.
More of a work of journalism than a work of cinema, The Invisible War tackles a critical issue which undermines myths of American greatness. Heartwrenching stories of grief combine with slick infographics to lay out the outrageous epidemic of rape in the US military. Unfortunately the production is closer to a cable news expose than many aesthetically gripping documentaries in recent years.
This is a truly eye-opening film. I served 13 and a half years in the Army and knew that this was a serious problem but to see what these service members went through is beyond appalling. This film should be shown during entry training so that the recruits know that they have a voice is something like this happens. Kirby Dick did an amazing job communicating this issue to the public and cutting out the jargon.
When we think of war we think guns and explosives. This film portrays the war within the war. Many american soldiers are raped during wartime on the field. This film was a true eye-opener to the barbaric crimes that our “american heroes” commit. Its an excellent way of actually understanding the true act of duty that our soldiers sign up for when they put pen to paper. It is a must see. Truly entertaining.
The documentary The Invisible War gives heartbreaking insight into what happens to women in the military. The director, Kirby Dick, interviews different women who have their own experiences with the culture of rape and assault that happens in the military as well as how they have dealt with their trauma. This should be recommended viewing for those who plan or think about joining the military in the future.
Heart-wrenching, sickening, enlightening, infuriating, inspiring, and anything and everything in between. One of the most crucial documentaries for any Human Being to see and hear. Each of the women and men affected by this disgraceful and downright disgusting act has a right to see justice and live in peace. For some it has taken 10 years to start to heal, for some it never came. To them: please never stop fighting.
Absolutely devastating documentary. The US armed forces seem to be a magnifying glass of what are in fact very general problems of the patriarchal society: Violence against women (and men), victim blaming, stonewalling investigations. Multiply this with issues of insufficient health insurance and other social security blackouts and you'll want to throw up next time you hear "band of brothers and sisters" somewhere.