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.