Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
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.
A straight-forward documentary, "The Invisible War" combines interviews with Congressional footage and stock footage to produce an average, albeit important look at the emotional and physical trauma produced by rape in our Armed Forces and the almost zero response from diplomatic and higher end officials in the military. Delivering a wealth of knowledge on the subject through testimonials and title cards, there is really no innovation to the documentary through this film, aiming to solely educate rather than entertain, which works, but does this film little favor in reaching a wider audience.
A documentary about a problem of sexual assault in the military, how this incidents of this problem are increasing, and how the military system and culture isn't built to handle these incidents and isn't interested in handling these incidents. A lot of these women tell their personal stories, focusing on about 4 or 5 prominent women, and a couple of men, with bumpers in between to show some statistics and tear apart previous large scale incidents and how they were handled legally. The biggest problem with the documentary is it paints the entire Military culture as one that fosters a rape culture, or at least mostly ignores the organizational problems that may result in one. And I really freaking hate generalizations across the board but it paints a broad brush, (there are some men in this documentary, the men who are married and support the women who were sexually assaulted were also in the military).
Objective yet personal, The Invisible War covers its subject matter poignantly and with grace.
The Invisible War. This film shows the U.S. Military is not completely full of rapists and assholes. But there’s way too many. Needs fixed.
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.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!