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The Invisible War (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime | 20 January 2012 (USA)
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An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.

Director:

Kirby Dick

Writers:

Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering (additional writer) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Ziering ... Self - Interviewer
Kirby Dick ... Self - Interviewer
Kori Cioca ... Self - US Coast Guard
Jessica Hinves ... Self - US Air Force
Robin Lynne Lafayette Robin Lynne Lafayette ... Self - US Air Force
Ariana Klay ... Self - US Marine Corps (as Lieutenant Ariana Klay)
Trina McDonald ... Self - US Navy
Elle Helmer ... Self - US Marine Corps (as Lieutenant Elle Helmer)
Hannah Sewell ... Self - US Navy
Rob McDonald Rob McDonald ... Self - Kori's Husband, US Coast Guard
Robin Khale Robin Khale ... Self - US Marine Corps
Ayana Defour Ayana Defour ... Self - US Army
Christina Jones Christina Jones ... Self - US Army
Debra Dickerson Debra Dickerson ... Self - US Air Force (as Ret. Captain Debra Dickerson)
Regina Vasquez Regina Vasquez ... Self - US Marine Corps
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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

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Four private screenings of this film were held for the Pentagon. See more »

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Kori Cioca - US Coast Guard: Thank you for your sacrifice, in whatever shape it may come with serving. God Bless.
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Do You Support Your Troops? Really? Really???
1 May 2012 | by soncomanSee all my reviews

"The Invisible War" is Oscar-nominated documentarian Kirby Dick's latest exploration of something terribly wrong with a venerable institution. Previous targets of Dick's camera have been the Catholic Church and its handling of child abuse cases ("Twist of Faith,") closeted politicians undermining advances in gay rights ("Outrage,") and Hollywood's incomprehensible ratings system ("This Film is Not Yet Rated.") This time he takes on the U.S. Military and its abominable record in the handling of sexual assaults on and by active duty service people.

The film consists of interviews of victims of sexual assault with cases going back to the 1960's up to the present day. The victims (both male and female) relate the horror inflicted upon them – not just by their perpetrators, but by a military justice system that fails them. Many of the victims state that the pain the went through with the assault was nothing compared to the hell that they went through in their attempts to seek justice, proper medical and psychological care for their trauma, and to return to some sort of normalcy in their lives.

Filled with damning statistics (20% of all female military personnel have dealt with sexual assault – does that not bother you?) and interviews with bureaucrats (both military and political,) it's the personal stories of those who tried to serve their country that get to you. These men and women entered to honorably serve and were driven out by a system that believes it's more important to protect one's own (usually meaning an officer) rather than support their troops.

The film is a call to action to make one simple change to the current military system. The decision whether to prosecute a case is made by the site commander. Often, this commander knows or has a relationship with the accused. Does this not seem like a conflict of interest? The film highlights a group that is seeking to change that and encourages the viewer to express their outrage to those who might be able to change things. They want you to do more than slap an "I Support Our Troops" bumper sticker on your car. Will you really support your troops? Really? The facts, figures, and stories in "The Invisible War" should turn the stomach of every citizen of our nation, regardless of political affiliation. This is not a political issue. This is a criminal justice issue. This is a human rights issue.

This is activist filmmaking at its best.

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20 January 2012 (USA) See more »

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$16,500, 24 June 2012

Gross USA:

$71,968

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$71,968
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