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.
The film makes me understand the struggle of being in the military especially if you are a woman. Not only are they faced with the security of the land but also with the relations with fellow soldiers. Abuses were done to women and also men.
I’m a bit naïve. I generally go through life thinking that most people are good and would never really wanna harm another person. However, it’s films like this that really scare me. There are monsters out there and they’re all around us. This documentary focuses on rape in the American armed forces and it’s horrifying. Rape is a huge problem in the world... Not just in the military but in many other institutions as well but it seems that the military’s system for bringing perpetrators to justice is broken. This is a doc. that more people need to see. I’m giving this a 6 outta 10.
Look, I’m not an asshole. I’ve been around military professional for a large portion of my life. My Dad was in the Navy and my Mom is a nurse at a VA Center. I’m sure there are a lot of perfectly nice people in the Army and other military branches. But watching “The Invisible War” and discovering the Army is full of casual misogyny and heaps of oppressive, hateful, patriarchal bullshit isn’t even close to a surprise. To discover that innocent women are frequently brutalized, abused, and tortured by the men around them is horrifying but not surprising.
There isn’t a lot I can say about “The Invisible War” that wouldn’t be enraged, inarticulate screaming. The film starts by ironically…
A devastating look at women (and a few men) in the military who were raped by their fellow recruits. The stories are gut-wrenching and heart-breaking. I often show this film to begin a discussion of rape with my classes, and they report finding it incredibly powerful and painful to watch. And once that happens, I get to push them to think through their emotional reactions to this video and then to think through whether they'd have the same reaction to a similar documentary that looked at sex workers who were raped by their clients or pimps. And then we get to have a conversation about what rape is, what rape means, what we know about it as an act of…
Haunting, intense, affecting, powerful.
An absolute must watch, exposes the absolutely diseased system that operates our heads. Most people will probably be sickened by the film but definitely check out the wiki page for the movie and you'll see that there is a very happy ending to it all. My emotions are in shreds.
Still a very strong, engaging and shocking topic, unfortunately the movie doesn't use it's full potential.
Powerful stuff. It's extremely one-sided, but I'm not sure where the argument could be made for the 'other side'. I went to high school with one of the girls in this documentary so it hits on a hometown level.
Stories about women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…