“The Invisible War” documentary about rape in the U.S. militaryby Carolyn Classen on Jul. 20, 2012, under Arts, Health, Life
From Oscar and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated; Twist of Faith) comes THE INVISIBLE WAR, a groundbreaking 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 Iraq and Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. The Department of Defense estimates there were a staggering 19,300 service members sexually assaulted in 2010 alone.
Focusing on the powerfully emotional stories of several young women, the film reveals the systemic cover up of the crimes against them and follows their struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. THE INVISIBLE WAR features hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress that reveal the perfect storm conditions that exist for rape in the military, its history of cover-up, and what can be done to bring about much needed change.
Opening at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway, on Friday July 20. Director Kirby Dirk will be present on Friday and Saturday of this opening weekend, at 7 p.m. and will participate in Q & A about the film.
Regular admission prices will apply:
Child(12 & Under) $6.00
Matinee $6.50 (any screening before 6 pm on weekdays, and before 2 pm on weekends and holidays)
Student, Military, Teacher $7.00
This film is co-presented by The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona. http://www.womengiving.org/
11/13/12: Finally viewed this film at the Human Right Watch film series, and it is a provocative documentary about the insidiousness & prevalence of rape in all branches of our U.S. military, indicating that 20% of women are raped in the military, but many more do not report it due to “professional retaliation”. A lawsuit by 16 women plaintiffs was dismissed citing that sexual assault is an “occupational” hazard of service. One wonders why young women would enlist today.