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The Invisible War

Kirby Dick 2012

Casualties of war rage beyond the battlefield. As ranks of women in the American military swell, so do incidents of rape. An estimated 30 percent of servicewomen and at least 1 percent of servicemen are sexually assaulted during their enlistment, not by the enemy, but at the hands of fellow soldiers. With stark clarity and escalating revelations, The Invisible War exposes a rape epidemic in the armed forces, investigating the institutions that perpetuate it as well as its profound personal and social consequences.

Running Time: 98 min
Subject(s): Activism, Conflicts, Crime, Current Affairs, Education, Human Rights, Investigative Journalism, Law and Justice, Military, Personal Story, Politics, Society, War, Women
Language(s): English
Producer(s): Amy Ziering


  • Variety
    "An aptly infuriating expose of sexual abuse within the U.S. military, Kirby Dick's docu The Invisible War calls high-ranking officials to account for turning a blind eye to a violent epidemic."
  • The New York Times
    "This is not a movie that can be ignored."
  • Time Magazine
    "One of the ten best films of the year."

Festival Participation

  • Sundance Film Festival - 2012
    U.S. Documentary Audience Award
  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival - 2012
    Nestor Almendros Award
  • Dallas International Film Festival - 2012
    Silver Heart Humanitarian Award
  • Seattle International Film Festival - 2012
    Audience Award for Best Documentary
  • Provincetown International Film Festival - 2012
    Best Documentary Feature
  • Academy Awards - 2013
    Nominated for Best Documentary Feature
  • Emmy Awards - 2014
    WINNER Best Documentary

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