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From Oscar® and Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated; Twist of Faith) comes THE INVISIBLE WAR, a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America's most shameful and best-kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem - today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. Twenty percent of all active-duty female servicewomen are sexually assaulted.
Profoundly moving, the film follows the stories of several idealistic young servicewomen who were raped and then betrayed by their own officers when they courageously came forward to report. Both a rallying cry for the hundreds of thousands of men and women who've been assaulted and a hopeful road map for change, THE INVISIBLE WAR is one of those rare films so powerful it has already helped change military policy.
- Extended Interviews
- Sundance Post-screening Speak Out
- VetWOW Survivor Retreat
- PTSD Therapy Deleted Scene
Ariana in Marine dress (click for larger image)
Elle in front of the Vietnam Memorial (click for larger image)
Michael Dominguez's House testimony (click for larger image)
Kori and Rob (click for larger image)
Top Customer Reviews
Dick makes things extremely personal in "The Invisible War." The film is populated by a staggering number of women and men who were victimized while serving their country. Obviously, these stories are shocking and uncomfortable. The betrayal (by people they considered brothers or friends) alone has impacted many irreparably and the psychological toll is apparent. Many of the strongest emotional moments are provided by the loved ones of these former soldiers as well. The film also examines the issue from the legal side, with many experts weighing in on the handling of such cases.Read more ›
Director Kirby Dick is best known for his Oscar-nominated film on the Motion Picture Rating Board, but this film covers an even more serious topic.
The fact that the Department of Defense estimates that 20% (!) of all females in the Armed Services have been raped will probably astound the average American. But Dick has the proof. Though at least 20 women (and, a few men - yes, men are raped in the service too), the more in depth interviews are with 3 or four women dealing with PRSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - an anachronism surprisingly never explained in the film). A few times I though the interviews were repetitive, and could have been edited some to tighten up the film, but that's a small gripe.
The film won the Audience Award at the recent 2012 Sundance Festival and, it's good to know that New Video and Docurama are getting it out on DVD so quickly.
I watched the DVD, not the Bluray, but I don't think there is any difference in content.Read more ›
After watching the film, I came away with a few negative perceptions of the way our armed forces are managed based on the actions of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) in general and the U.S. Military specifically.
First, while the official numbers of rapes of enlisted men and women in the U.S. Military is roughly at 13.5% per the DOD, this is what is being reported. There are estimates that the real numbers are either double or triple that of the official numbers. Considering how poorly and unjustly the victims were treated, I can see why so many might decide not to report their assaults... especially if they want to make the military their career. Many of these women, some of whom were unmarried, were raped by married men and instead of the men being disciplined or charged, the women were demoted or had disciplinary actions taken against them for adultery! I kid you not...
Secondly, actions speak volumes. It is clear that women are not wanted or accepted as full partners/ soldiers/ comrades (whatever you want to call them) in the United States Military. If they were, what's happened would not have happened on the scale that it has.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a survivor my life has changed since this movie. I participated and help promote the movie among women veterans. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Bobbie J. McKinney
Amazing representation of the tragic military judicial system we have in place that serves no one.Published 2 months ago by Elyse Malanowski
Exceeded my expectations. It told a difficult story that needed to be told. I can only hope that the right people see itPublished 2 months ago by Kate McCord
As a veteran of both the US Army and Navy, what these women suffered at the hands of their supposed-"brothers" is shameful. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MIFNP
review for the Invisible War: sad and depressing to see how women are treated in the military. It made me angry. And that was rightfully so. How can people be so mean? Read morePublished 3 months ago by bonnie clark