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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.
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…
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.
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.
Today is Veteran's Day here in America. It's a day meant to honor those who have served, and in many cases died in service of their country. I'm pretty anti-war, but I have the utmost respect for those who choose to serve in the armed forces. The Invisible War is not about anything that happened in a war or conflict. It's about the rape of women and sometimes men but not by the enemy. The victims in this documentary were raped by their felow members of the military. They were raped by their commanders, their comrades, their brothers in arms. Sadly that's not the worst of it. Thousands and thousands have been raped/sexually assaulted while serving their country, and a…
Extremely sobering Oscar-nominated documentary about sexual abuse in the US military.
This film will make viewers incredibly incensed about the complete lack of support and justice the frighteningly high volume of victims received.
It made me ashamed of my own species.
An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.
It's sad that this actually happens in our own backyard and nothing is done about it. Those in power choose to sweep these incidents under the rug and the general public has no clue it's even happening and when it is discovered the punishment doesn't fit the crime.
A truly remarkable documentary that lets its subjects do all of the talking. Its impossible to see this film as anything other than a truly documentary telling of these stories. It is tragic and powerful and jarring and a must see for feminists, cinephiles, policy hawks; really its a must see for everyone.
Sidenote: This just reaffirms how much I love Kirby Dick's film making.
so if you want to feel anger and utter contempt for humanity feel free and watch The Invisible War
It is a really terrific movie though. It lets its subjects tell their stories with out any bullshit Dear Zachary-ish manipulations and they're as gutting and horrifying as you would imagine. You see how this could happen in a practical sense but the film also does a great job at displaying the extreme institutional flaws that allow for this type of thing to keep happening, and encourage it. Every beat felt totally honest and it does every good thing that a well-made social issue documentary should.
The stories these people tell are so far beyond disturbing I don't have the words to describe how bad I felt for them while I was watching this documentary.
This film is very well done. However, the one part I didn't like was when the politicians were running their mouths, saying they were quite concerned, saying they were going to do their best to change things. I feel they are just playing politics.
Gut-wrenching documentary that accurately portrays the atrocious acts that have been perpetrated inside the military to its own soldiers, which involve abuse in more ways than just the sexual kind.
The scene in my opinion that pin-points to what length these men and women have been scarred for life from these events, is both powerful and subtle.
It takes place when one of these women watches her partner's kid playing a war videogame. She asks him, "Who's that?". "A trader", the kid says. "A traitor?" She replies. "Oh, like a vendor. Not like a traitor, like 'you bastard traitor'." And they laugh about it.
The ending revelation makes me hopeful that coping with these events won't keep on being the only thing these abused human beings will be suggested to do from now on.
Correcto documental. Como en la mayoría, la impotencia se impone.
Captivating, informative documentary, scary to think what people in power are capable of.
If by the end of a documentary you want to do something about what you've just seen, then it must be good. And that's exactly what this film does.
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Ranking the 2012 releases I've seen so far. Including foreign films released in North American in 2012.
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