The invisible war in the U.S military
“Every day American service women and men, who have pledged their lives to protect our country, are being raped and sexually assaulted. Not by the enemy, but by their fellow soldiers, commanders, and officers – by the people whose job it is to protect them.” The Invisible War, The audience award winner for best documentary at Sundance 2012, a documentary investigating one of America’s best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military.
Directed by Kirby Dick, “The Invisible War” focuses on a fact: Today a female soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. The movie centers around the stories and experiences of Military Sexual Trauma survivors. In the trailer, you see the women come forward, tell their stories, and let the audience into their lives. The filmmakers suggest that the intent of the film is not only to bring much-needed attention to the experiences of these brave service members, but also to ignite public demand for legislation to protect the next generation from rape and sexual assault and the life-long devastation that follows.
Dick is also known for his work “This Film is Not Yet Rated” (2005), in which he takes a look at the American movie ratings board. In this work, Dick investigated Hollywood’s secrets. When we look other movies by Dick, we can see that the plot is dealing with some kind of abuse in society; “Twist of Faith” (2004) was also about sexual abuse by priest against a child, while in “Outrage” (2009), Dick shows us how politicians behave like hypocrites and try to deny their own sexual identity. All his works are very remarkable and worth discovering as they deal with “power” and how it can be abused and directed against the less powerful.
- Q&A: Film “Invisible War” Reveals Epidemic of Rape in U.S. Military (ipsnews.net)
- Film: Movie Review: The Invisible War (avclub.com)
- Roshanak Taghavi: Rape on U.S. Military Bases Left Unchecked, Documentary Reveals (huffingtonpost.com)
- The Invisible War: A Documentary on Sexual Assault in the U.S. Military (patheos.com)
- Ending military rape: The crusade of “The Invisible War” (salon.com)
- The Invisible War: When Soldiers Rape Soldiers (entertainment.time.com)