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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.
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 investigative documentary The Invisible War presents its audience with a well-kept and shameful secret kept by the United States military. While it focuses mostly upon female soldiers in the armed forces, it does not deny that this (rape, sexual assault) is an epidemic experienced by all -- even civilians -- as little is done with anybody who commits such heinous crimes and/or acts while serving.
By making excuses for these horrendous actions and by saying the victims of these crimes could have prevented most of what has happened to them, most of those in charge are denying the real problem at the core of this issue. Someone even had the audacity to say rape and other similar incidents are…
Violence against women
Women as property
False rape myth (the belief that statistically relevant number of women file fallacious rape reports). Actually posterizes the idea that an innocent man risks being accused of rape if he has "consensual sex with an intoxicated woman", of course referring to the idea of "woman-as-slut-with-regret, accuses man to protect her virtue". "WAIT UNTIL SHE'S SOBER. Which is misogynistic, anti- female sexuality, victim blaming, apologistic, and pretends that men are the victims in a rape case.
Institutionalized misogyny & rape culture
"Women who walk alone are inviting rape"
Persecution of women who report rape
HOLY RAPE CULTURE "people at risk for sexual assault"
The Invisible War is a very sad and depressing film written and directed by Kirby Dick that discusses rape within the U.S. military. In a similar fashion to This Film is Not Yet Rated, Kirby Dick does not really acknowledge the other side of this issue. One might argue that he does include one individual who does not agree with the message being sent out by the director, but it is obvious through the editing and dramatic tone shifts that their word does not agree with the directors message and can be easily dismissed. I do agree with Dick's message and I realize it is quite hard to really show the other side without that person being an absolute cunt.…
Though very important and serious, the film offers nothing to illicit a true response from the viewer. It's just interviews- back to back- TO BACK. (5 stars for the subject matter + 0 stars for the execution) / 2 = 2.5
"Thank you for your sacrifice, in whatever shape it may come with serving. God Bless"
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The Invisible War documentary film written and directed by Kirby Dick. Film premiered at Sundance Film Festival, where the documentary received U.S. Documentary Audience Award.
The film has been nominated for Best Documentary Feature by Academy Awards. Documentary touches the untouchable subject of sexual assault suffered by young women in the U.S. military.
The subject is critical that exposes the abuses suffered by women in U.S. military. The shameful nature of these cases, is that these go unhinged day by day, accumulating the rate of exploitation. These women are sexually assaulted in the military, and when the report these cases to their seniors, they often are asked to keep mum about it, the facts show that 25% of the people…
How depressing to learn that the leader of the free world's army has some problems.
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope." - Winston Churchill
You'll find none of that here.
What these women(and men) have been forced to endure is disgraceful.
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