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From Oscar and Emmy nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated, Twist of Faith) comes THE INVISIBLE WAR, a ground-breaking investigative documentary about one of America's most shameful and best-kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem - today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. Twenty percent of all active-duty female servicewomen are sexually assaulted. Profoundly moving, the film follows the stories of several idealistic young servicewomen who were raped and then betrayed by their own officers when they courageously came forward to report. Both a rallying cry for the hundreds of thousands of men and women who've been assaulted and a hopeful road map for change, THE INVISIBLE WAR is one of those rare films so powerful it has already helped change military policy. The recipient of a Peabody Award and Emmy Awards for Best Documentary Feature and Outstanding Investigative Journalism. THE INVISIBLE WAR was also nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 85th Academy Awards.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 66
- Fresh: 65
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 8.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: This is not a movie that can be ignored.
Fresh: The intense interviews and damning statistics (20 percent of all female personnel have experienced sexual assault) do the work of whipping up outrage.
Fresh: What happened to these women after the rape often shocks and disturbs them as much as the physical act itself.
Fresh: The movie depicts the military's culture of intimidation and assault as global, not as an aberration that might be explained by the pressures of combat or the tedium of life on secluded posts.
I might be a survivor; but I'll NEVER heal
These events aren't exaggerated, in fact, my experiences were worse...and there were NO alcohol involved. And in fact, the first time I was assaulted, I courageously stepped forward and reported the event, and instead of my Command helping me, I GOT PUNISHED, written up and given my 1st Page 11. The Page 11 was for breaking a barracks rule that was created roughly days AFTER this incident! And I'll never forget it; "All barrack doors are to be secured even if in your room." And for the next 12 years, I NEVER saw another barracks with that rule. You see, my assailant walked into my room and attacked me, apparently, according to my command at that time, I was at fault and therefore was justified in being charged, basically for neglect of government property. If you think these stories are exaggerated, guess again, there are HUNDREDS more of us who have experienced far worse.
Wow I had no idea until I watched this movie that these types of things were going on in the military. It has given me a whole new outlook about some of our servicemen. What unthinkable acts these men did to many of our servicewomen who were there only to fight for our country. Not have to fight against there own brothers and sisters. I cant image the pain and the humiliation these poor woman went through and no help was provided to them. Not to mention these predators got away with doing these things. It only makes me wonder if any of them were crimminals before signing up. My heart goes out to each and everyone of these woman. I am glad that iTunes was able to have this movie because it sure opened my eyes to how many sick men are out there whether they are here among the civilians or in the army, navy, or marines. This is a disgrace to our country.....
It is curious that it really doesn't even begin to touch the partying that goes on and all of the drinking. I mean REALLY touch on the subject. Although alcohol hold no excuse for either party to commit these crimes, it is the #1 cause in ALMOST every assault. My VERY FIRST TWO assaults I responded to were male on male as a matter of fact. From the bottom of my heart this is so wrong for these women to deal with. Its just hard to watch at times, the men who get accused b/c of a lapse in judgement one night.