The Invisible War examines the alarming epidemic of rape and sexual assault within the US military. This Oscar nominated documentary is told through the eyes of the victims with first-hand accounts of the brutal way in which the women were treated. The military's consistent attempts to cover up cases combined with a Kafkaesque legal system compounds the feeling of helplessness felt by many of the victims. The film reveals the terrifying extent of an issue which will resonate beyond US borders.
Directed by Kirby Dick, The Invisible War uncovers the dark and disturbing truth that runs to the core of the US military, investigating the institutions that perpetuate it as well as its profound personal and social consequences.
What the audience said
Shocking. Left me feeling quite numb.'
'Very good, well made, heart wrenching, important.'
'Thought provoking, shocking - disgusting.'
'Brilliantly made. It was traumatic and deeply saddening but very eye opening.'
'This was a very powerful film / documentary and an education. I have read and followed the case of Ann Marie in UK but was unaware of the situation or statistics in USA. I agree with the woman in the audience that the subject of civilian women raped while occupation (Iraq etc) is a subject matter deserving of similar documentary. Thank you for tonight.'
'Excellent film and educated me about an area I knew little about. I also hope that it helps pressurise Govt / MOD.'
WHERE CAN I SEE IT AGAIN?
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
If you are interested in finding out more about the issues the film raises you can visit www.notinvisible.org. You can also get in touch with some of the UK based organisations below:
Women Against Rape is based on self-help and provide support, legal information and advocacy. They campaign for justice and protection for all women and girls, including asylum seekers, who have suffered sexual, domestic and/or racist violence.
Liberty is a cross party, non-party membership organisation at the heart of the movement for fundamental rights and freedoms in the UK. Military Justice is Liberty's campaign to protect and uphold the human rights of those serving in the Armed Forces. Their belief is that the rights of service men and women are just as deserving of protection as civilians.
Payday is a network of men working with the Global Women's Strike. For over 10 years, they have supported men and women in the military who refuse to kill, maim and rape. Their website www.refusingtokill.net has also documented rape committed by military personnel inside and outside the military institution.
Rape Crisis England & Wales is a feminist organisation that exists to promote the needs of women and girls who have experienced sexual violence, to improve services to them and to work towards the elimination of sexual violence.
They also raise awareness and understanding of sexual violence in the wider community and with local, regional and national government.
Winner: Audience Award, Sundance 2012
Winner: Best Documentary, Independent Spirit Awards 2012
Nominated: Best Documentary, Academy Awards 2013