THE INVISIBLE WAR (2012) — RetroReview by Jennifer Merin

invisible-war-poster-artConsidering that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, this is a good time to take another look at The Invisible War, Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering’s compelling documentary about the rape of soldiers — women and men, but mostly women — in the U.S. military. As the film indicates, some 20 percent of enlistees report an assault, though the actual number is suspected to be almost double that. Additionally, the number of reported incidents is about double the number of reported rapes in the civilian world. There is systematic cover up of incidents, although authorities declare a zero tolerance policy. Nothing much has changed since the film’s 2012 release. Continue reading on CINEMA CITIZEN

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Kirby Dick Talks Documenting Social Outrage — Jennifer Merin interviews

kirby dickDocumentary filmmaker Kirby Dick, known for tackling controversial and challenging subjects — such as the ‘outing’ of closeted gay politicians in Outrage (2009), exposing sexual abuse in the military in >The Invisible War (2012), and ripping the lid off rape on college campuses in The Hunting Ground (2015) — thinks of each of his films as an ongoing experiment, an investigation of subject and form that he’s never satisfied with, never quite finished with. He is, it seems, incessantly indignant about the social issues represented in his films. Read on…

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THE INVISIBLE WAR – Review by Jennifer Merin

A real shocker of an expose about the frequent incidents of rape of both men and women — but mostly of women — soldiers in the U.S. military, Kirby Dick’s Invisible War presents on camera testimony by several victims, who report systematic cover-ups imposed by superior officers, and ongoing persecution by U. S. military authorities. The documentary is a compelling call to action to make for change in the current system of injustice. Read more>>

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