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The Invisible War

(DVD - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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A groundbreaking investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. 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.
Statement of Responsibility: New Video ; Girls Club Entertainment ; [presented by] Chain Camera Pictures and Regina Kulik Scully and Jennifer Siebel Newsom in association with Rise Films and ITVS ... [et al.] ; produced by Tanner King Barklow, Amy Ziering ; written and directed by Kirby Dick
Title: The invisible war
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Publisher: [New York] : New Video Group : distributed by Docurama, Cinedigm Entertainment Group, [2012]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 2012
Contents: Bonus features: audio commentary with director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering; extended interviews; Sundance post-screening speak out; VetWOW survivor retreat; PTSD therapy deleted scene
Credits: Editors, Doug Blush, Derek Boonstra ; music, Mary J. Blige.
Performers: Interviewers, Amy Ziering, Kirby Dick.
Summary: A groundbreaking investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. 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.
Audience: Rating Not rated
System Details: DVD; NTSC, region 1; Dolby digital 5.1 surround, 2.0 stereo
DVD, region 1
DVD
Awards & Distinctions: Nominee, Best Documentary, Features (Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering), 2013 Academy Awards (U.S.A.); Sundance Film Festival, Audience Award; Seattle Film Festival, Audience Award; Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Nestor Almendros Award for Courage in Filmmaking
Subject Headings: Rape victims United States Women soldiers Crimes against United States Interviews Soldiers Crimes against United States Interviews United States Armed Forces Women Sexual harassment in the military United States Military Personnel United States Rape United States Crime Victims United States Interview Sexual Harassment United States Women United States Interview
Genre/Form: Nonfiction films
Documentary films
Feature films
Topical Term: Rape victims
Women soldiers
Soldiers
Sexual harassment in the military
Military Personnel
Rape
Crime Victims
Sexual Harassment
Women
Publisher No: NNVG277171
ISBN: 1422922006
Branch Call Number: DVD 355.0082 I
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Nov 01, 2013
  • SAPL454 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

To serve in the US Marines is both an honor and privilege for men and women. There should be utmost respect for every individual therein within military manoeuvres and ceremonies.

May 29, 2013
  • THUD55 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this was a powerful and sad documentary about how some women were sexually abused while serving our country. these wrongs were compounded by the system in place in the military that does not know how to handle these crimes.
military justice is to justice as military music is to music.

May 20, 2013
  • COURIER3 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I AM A U S NAVY VET WHO SERVED IN THE 1950'S. I NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT. WE HAD NO WOMEN ON OUR SHIP AT THAT TIME. I WAS SO DISTRAUGHT AFTER WATCHING THIS DOCUMENTARY.
THESE COMMANDERS WANTTO PROTECT THEIR CAREERS AND PROMOTIONS SO THEY DO NOTHING TO PROTECT THESE WOMEN AND MEN. I WILL NO LONGER LOOK ON THE UNIFORMS WITH PRIDE. THE MILITARY IS A HAVEN FOR RAPISTS AND HETERO SEXUAL MALES WHO PREY ON MALE/FEMALE SOLDIERS , AIRMEN, AND SAILORS. IF YOU KNOW OF ANY WOMAN WHO WANT'S TO JOIN THE MILITARY FOR COLLEGE BENEFITS, AND EXPERIENCE HAVE THEM WATCH THIS DVD. I AM SO ASHAMED OF OUR MILTARY AND CONGRESS CAN'T AND WON'T PUT THESE PREDATORS AND COMMANDERS IN THE STOCKADE /AND OR BRIG..THE MILITARY IS AS CORRUPT AS CONGRESS.

May 01, 2013
  • HellbillyHillhound rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

How bloody sad! SHAME!!!!!! I cried my eyes out. These women have more guts than any sitting politician. This isn't how to win wars. This only sets us all back decades. I will never be able to stand for the National Anthem ever again. Be sure to check out the Special Features; they have a retreat for these women at Whidby Island.

Apr 02, 2013
  • lvon98 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

EXCELLENT documentary treated with the sensitivity the subject deserves.

"Our" military, "their" military... hmmm. When I thought about this, I remembered the women who've come forward to complain about the treatment they received from their male colleagues at "our" RCMP.

I figure it beggars belief that "our" male soldiers have a greater sense of cultural sensitivity, gender awareness (and plain old right and wrong) than "their" male soldiers. Just pure logic, given the fact all three of the organizations I'm speaking of belong to the same testosterone drenched school of thought. And anyone is likely to experience much the same thinking in all 3 arenas. There would be a difference in scope however, based on the relative size of each organization.

Dec 15, 2012
  • brontelit87 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The stories of the victims in this documentary are very disturbing. It's worth watching, though. It's important to be aware of the problems in our military.

Dec 12, 2012
  • kparfitt rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Everyone should watch this, especially if you know a young woman who wants to go into the military. The treatment of these survivors is completely dishonorable and violates everything our military supposedly stands for today.

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