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.
Kirby Dick is an Academy- and Emmy Award-nominated documentary director. His prior film, Twist of Faith received a 2004 Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature. Other films include Derrida, and the internationally acclaimed Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist.
After the film we will be joined for a panel discussion by Lisa Longstaff, Sharon Hardy and Emma Norton.
Lisa Longstaff from Women against Rape, the grass-roots organisation providing support, legal information and advocacy.
Sharon Hardy is the sister of Anne-Marie Ellement, a Royal Military Police officer who alleged that she had been raped by colleagues and who was then bullied, and took her own life. Sharon has, since her sister's death, campaigned for better treatment for women in the armed forces and in particular, for changes to the way the army deals with sexual violence.
Emma Norton is a solicitor at the human rights organisation, Liberty. She represented Anne-Marie Ellement's sisters at the inquest into their sister's death and their legal fight to have their sister's original rape investigation re-opened. She also acts for 3 of the 4 Deepcut families, in addition to representing a number of women who have been raped and subsequently let down by the authorities.
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"This is not a movie that can be ignored." -New York Times
"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." -Independent
Winner: Audience Award, Sundance 2012
Winner: Best Documentary, Independent Spirit Awards 2012
Nominated: Best Documentary, Academy Awards 2013