The Invisible War
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The Invisible War is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of our country's most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within our US military. Today, a female soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire with the number of assaults in the last decade alone in the hundreds of thousands. Focusing on the powerfully emotional stories of several young women, the film reveals the systemic cover up of the crimes against them and follows their struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. The… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

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"I can hardly wait to see which closet Dick will throw open next."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Interview after interview, statistic after statistic, Dick's advocacy project thoroughly incenses -- and appears to be having results."
‑ Melissa Anderson, L.A. Weekly
"The Invisible War is as compelling as Silence in the House of God, Alex Gibney's study of abusive Catholic priests."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Kirby Dick's typically insightful and compassionate documentary presents a harrowing picture of an epidemic of sexual assault and rape within the US military."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"Tears are not hard evidence, but they are hard to resist as anecdotal testimony."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"A must-see exposé of the abuse of power in an institution that is supposed to serve and protect."
‑ Gayle MacDonald, Globe and Mail
"This travesty has been encouraged by a military culture that blames the victim and a policy directing soldiers to refer complaints to their commanding officer, which typically results in no action or even reprisals against those speaking out."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Where this picture is truly triumphant, is within the significance of its very existence. This film simply needs to have been made, and it needs to be seen."
‑ Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys
"The film works both as advocacy and as a very moving study of women (and one or two men) whose idealism and patriotism have been utterly shattered."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"That the Pentagon has, since the making of this documentary, revamped its rules to try to improve things - in particular, offering immediate transfers for those who allege abuse - is testimony to the power of Dick's work."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"I have rarely been more righteously riled up than I was while watching the documentary The Invisible War."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"One of those documentaries that you watch both fascinated and repulsed - and one of those films that you sense just might be instrumental in helping to change an utterly unacceptable status quo."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Directed with straightforward economy, The Invisible War sheds much-needed light on a very dark secret."
‑ Ken McIntyre, Total Film
"What calibre of male personnel is the military attracting? And how will this dysfunction affect its relations with foreign civilian populations? It is a grim picture."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"This is an enraging film, as it is meant to be, [and] not just because it is a microcosm of rape culture, the collection of pervasive attitudes that rule our society that deny and dismiss men's violence against women."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
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