7.6/10
6,259
28 user 70 critic

The Invisible War (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime | 20 January 2012 (USA)
Trailer
1:54 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.

Director:

Writers:

, (additional writer) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Outrage I (2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An indictment of closeted politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation in the U.S.

Director: Kirby Dick
Stars: Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin, Wayne Barrett
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families.

Director: Kirby Dick
Stars: Andrea Pino, Annie Clark, Claire Potter
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A man confronts the trauma of past sexual abuse as a boy by a Catholic priest only to find his decision shatters his relationships with his family, community and faith.

Director: Kirby Dick
Stars: Jeff Anderson, Barbara Blaine, David Clohessy
Derrida (2002)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Documentary about French philosopher (and author of deconstructionism) Jacques Derrida, who sparked fierce debate throughout American academia.

Directors: Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering
Stars: Jacques Derrida, Marguerite Derrida, René Major
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.

Director: Kirby Dick
Stars: Kirby Dick, Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A documentary on a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.

Directors: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
Stars: Emad Burnat, Soraya Burnat, Mohammed Burnat
Documentary | History | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The story of two coalitions -- ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) -- whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

Director: David France
Stars: Peter Staley, Larry Kramer, Iris Long
The End (TV Movie 2004)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

One of the most powerfully intimate films ever made about the final stages of life, The End is a profound and moving chronicle of five hospice patients whose stories are in turns honest, humorous, and heartbreaking.

Director: Kirby Dick
Stars: Sonia Woodfield
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Documentary about writer and performance artist Bob Flanagan who died at 43 of cystic fibrosis. His life was indicated by pain from the beginning and he started to develop sadomasochistic ... See full summary »

Director: Kirby Dick
Stars: Bob Flanagan, Sheree Rose, Kathe Burkhart
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets.

Director: Dror Moreh
Stars: Ami Ayalon, Avraham Shalom, Avi Dichter
Chain Camera (2001)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Chain Camera is a 2001 American documentary film directed by Kirby Dick about the lives of Los Angeles high school students.

Director: Kirby Dick
Stars: Ethan Adagio, Silva Arzunyan, Stephanie De La Garza
Bully I (2011)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.

Director: Lee Hirsch
Stars: Ja'Meya Jackson, Kelby Johnson, Lona Johnson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Herself - Interviewer
... Himself - Interviewer
... Herself - US Coast Guard
... Herself - US Air Force
Robin Lynne Lafayette ... Herself - US Air Force
... Herself - US Marine Corps (as Lieutenant Ariana Klay)
... Herself - US Navy
... Herself - US Marine Corps (as Lieutenant Elle Helmer)
... Herself - US Navy
Rob McDonald ... Himself - Kori's Husband, US Coast Guard
Robin Khale ... Herself - US Marine Corps
Ayana Defour ... Herself - US Army
Christina Jones ... Herself - US Army
Debra Dickerson ... Herself - US Air Force (as Ret. Captain Debra Dickerson)
Regina Vasquez ... Herself - US Marine Corps
Edit

Storyline

An investigative and powerfully emotional documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military, the institutions that perpetuate and cover up its existence, and its profound personal and social consequences. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

20 January 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La Guerre invisible  »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$71,968, 28 February 2013
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

A rare example of a film actually influencing government/military policy, end credits state that "On April 14.2012, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, watched this film. Two days later, he took the decision to prosecute away from unit commanders." However, it was noted that "this is not enough." The preceding is a true statement, but can be misleading. Military Commanders still hold prosecutorial discretion, but they can no longer be in the unit where the alleged misconduct had taken place. An "outside, higher ranking colonel" would now hold prosecutorial discretion. See more »

Quotes

Kori Cioca - US Coast Guard: Thank you for your sacrifice, in whatever shape it may come with serving. God Bless.
See more »


Soundtracks

Need Someone
Performed by Mary J. Blige
Courtesy of Geffen Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Dick wipes the fog off another institution
10 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

I am writing this review two days before Veteran's Day on purpose, not out of sheer, fortunate coincidence. When president Dwight Eisenhower declared November 11th a day of remembrance and observation for current war veterans and those who have died in combat, I highly doubt he knew that one day, there would be surrounding controversy that female members of the military were facing rape and sexual assault cases, and little was being done to punish those involved. Speaking as someone who loves the country he's been fortunate to be born into and someone who continuously supports, gives credit to, and thanks veterans for their service, this is an appalling and sickening feat that almost taints the entire military system as a whole.

Kirby Dick's The Invisible War is a film that will have an unprecedented impact on many of its viewers. Some of its viewers, hopefully young women contemplating serving in a specific branch, may second-guess their decision to join. Statistics show that 20% of women in the military have been raped, the second they are part of the military, their chances of rape increases by two, and the most terrifying statistic of all; 15% of recruits entering the military have raped someone before.

We meet several women raped under many different circumstances, who have served in the U.S. Coast Guard, the Navy, and even the Marines, yet can not escape the frighteningly real numbers. The main woman we follow throughout the film is Kori Cioca, a young member U.S. Coast Guard, who was brutally raped shortly after joining the military branch, and during the rape, she was slapped so hard on the left side of her face that it dislocated plates in her jaw, resulting in her only consuming soft foods and bearing only warm weather. Her struggle, now, is number one, receiving compensation and money from the VA, which is turning their back on her because her deployment was too brief to qualify for money or treatment, and number two, trusting males again (when we see her with her loving and devoted husband we see how nervous, unsettled, and provoked she feels with him in the room).

Aside from hearing cases and a number of devastating rape stories from women, Dick interviews lawyers who have worked on military rape cases and talks to a number of authors on the subject. One even states how that the punishment for rape is so lenient and miniscule that a person who has done drugs and is caught can be suspended for years, but a person who has raped another individual can be suspended for just a few weeks.

And if you believe this is a problem reserved for women then think again; 10% of men in the military are raped and we aren't deprived of hearing their shocking stories as well. One man who was a victim to the heinous crime states that it's a byproduct of the military's almost inherent homophobia, the outdated feeling of "the macho man," and the idea of power through narcissism. When will we, as a nation, overcome those three depressing qualities? It's hard to call The Invisible War "enjoyable" in the usual documentary-sense. It's one of the most impacting films of the year, and should be required classroom viewing at that. Director Kirby Dick is known for exploring institutions that are surrounded by grayness, such as the Catholic Church in Twist of Faith and the biased, inconsistent MPAA in This Film is Not Yet Rated. Unlike in those films, Dick remains silent, letting the larger stories speak first and him not giving his usual goofy spin on things. Considering how highly we praise and cherish our military, having this film come out, exposing the misogyny and disrespect to women in the male-dominated military, is a kick to the groin. Or possible a Miss Representation. As a viewer, you can decide.

Directed by: Kirby Dick.


11 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 28 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Horror and Thriller Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular horror and thriller movies available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed