Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The Invisible War
The Battleground Is Your Barracks
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.
An incredibly frustrating and infuriating documentary to watch. I know most docs are one sided, but it's hard not to believe everything that's presented here especially with the emotional testimonies.
The only other documentary I've seen thus far from Kirby Dick is the highly entertaining This Film Is Not Yet Rated from 2006. His target in that film was the MPAA and he takes them apart in a comedic documentary that also features himself. For this film Dick stays behind the camera and let's people tell their stories in their own words backed up by nothing more then occasional statistics because there is nothing he could have added to make it anymore more powerful.
His target in this film is the US Military's judicial system, or lack there of, when it comes to cases of sexual assault. I use the word "target" because like Michael Moore, Dick's documentaries tend to…
Part of the December Project: Film #14
Kirby Dick's The Invisible War is a haunting documentary that displays the best of investigative journalism in film. Instead of going for his previous pop style displayed in his other documentaries, Dick instead lets the material do all the talking, and it's more powerful as a result.
The Invisible War documents interviews and statistics of sexual assault in the military. It addresses both sexes experiences with it, but mainly focuses on the issues women have experienced with it, which is my only complaint, but a silly one considering how traumatizing the experience is for women as it is.
The Invisible War's best moments are when it documents the interviews with survivors who detail their experience before, during, and after their various incidents. For others, it provides the usual documentary "text shock" moments, but the material here is well researched and looked at that it practically transcends the formulaic documentary structure.
This was a powerful and infuriating look into sexual abuse and rape in the United States military. According to the documentary 20% of women who join the military will be subject to this abuse and out of these convictions only a handful few will end up behind bars. This is just so wrong. Seeing the amount of times the victim is blamed and the case was dismissed and closed was sickening. It's just ridiculous and I cannot understand how someone can blame a rape victim and say she is guilty of adultery because the man she was raped by was married. And the scary part is that these are only the reported cases. Most people are not brave enough to come forward. All in all, this is a great documentary that brought to light a very important issue. I'm happy to hear some steps have been taken since this film was released to improve this whole situation.
Incredibly disturbing documentary. I don't think I'd feel safe in any organization that polices themselves.
Shocking doc about a huge organisation that you are supposed to trust, but it is actually hiding sexual assaults and protecting the guilty. But this is not about the roman catholic church, it is about the US military.
This is one of those docs where you will feel rage as you see the above happening.
You will cringe when you hear that the military practically blame the victims and explain that the best way to avoid sexual assault is up to the victim and not the rapist. It beggars belief.
as a service member, this is eye-opening and incredibly frustrating.
Seemed like an important doc at the time. Turns out everyone knew and is basically OK with what's happening.
The elephant in the room that this film mostly does not address is the culture of toxic masculinity that equates violence with power and power with masculinity. Then there's America's military adventurism, which is another problem that this film does not tackle. But this film is about the epidemic of rape in the US military, where 1 in 5 women and 1 in 100 men are raped by another service member. All these problems are a gordian knot that may never be untangled, because we live in a violent world that has seen war as the road to maturity since the dawn of time. In this world, "feminism" for most people means a world in which women also get to…
An important film about a group of brave people dealing with an extremely flawed system prone to victim-blaming. Rape shouldn't be a possible hazard of any sort of employment.
Exactly the movie you should watch the night before an interview to join the military!
A powerful look at the lack of justice in military sexual assault cases. The film really helped me feel the pain and shame that the victims of these injustices feel. It's a strong documentary that tells stories that need to be told to wake up America to changes that need to happen within our military.
Sadly this doesn't surprise me at all
What, you don't like rape?
Kirby Dick's documentary occasionally overplays its hand in going for the heartstrings, but the urgency on display is well-deserved. This film was trying to stir the pot and call attention to the horrific problem of sexual assault in the U.S. armed forces, and I think he wisely decided this was no time for subtlety. This film is a call to action, and it's gratifying to know that some action has occurred. It won't be enough until this pernicious problem is wiped out, and that may be a pipe dream, but I sure am glad this film exists in the meantime.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…