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Cast & Crew
- Helen Benedict
- Kori Cioca
- Jessica Hinves
- Ariana Klay
- Trina McDonald
- Elle Helmer
- Hannah Sewell
- Myla Haider
- Paula Coughlin
- Kirby Dick
- Amy Ziering
- Tanner King Barklow
The Invisible War
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick investigates the troubling epidemic of rape in the military while speaking with courageous victims who have refused to be intimidated into silence. In 2009 alone, 16,150 service members were sexually assaulted. Meanwhile, it's estimated that female soldiers in the U.S. military are more likely to be raped by a male soldier than shot by an enemy combatant. Despite the overwhelming evidence presented by these victimized soldiers, however, only 2% of rape accusations in the military end in prosecution. In some cases, male soldiers have even been awarded medals for bravery and professionalism while being investigated for rape. In addition to hearing from women who have been sexually assaulted while serving their country, we also learn how systemic corruption allows the vast majority of their attackers to walk free and what is now being done to ensure that no crime goes unpunished.
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David Edelstein, New York Magazine
I can hardly wait to see which closet Dick will throw open next.– Full review
Gayle MacDonald, Globe and Mail
A must-see expos of the abuse of power in an institution that is supposed to serve and protect.– Full review
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
I have rarely been more righteously riled up than I was while watching the documentary The Invisible War.– Full review
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
This travesty has been encouraged by a military culture that blames the victim and a policy directing soldiers to refer complaints to their commanding officer, which typically results in no action...– Full review
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
One of those documentaries that you watch both fascinated and repulsed - and one of those films that you sense just might be instrumental in helping to change an utterly unacceptable status quo.– Full review
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