Director: Kirby Dick
Writers: Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering
The Invisible War is a very well made documentary showcasing
testimonies of men and women who were victims of sexual-assault in the
military. The facts that are presented are not only shocking, but
infuriating. The interviews are incredibly heart-wrenching. This is a
documentary that might just change the way the military handles cases of
sexual-assault, which is why it is one of the best documentaries of
80% of the documentary is basically testimonials, with the other 20%
being hard-hitting information and facts. Each man and woman that are
victims of sexual-assault tell us about their experiences with the
process of reporting the crime, how the crime changed their lives
detrimentally, and how the heads of their military sector covered up the
assault. There is a particular focus on one woman (seen in the photo
above), who has had major jaw and bone damage since being raped. This
aspect of the film shows how there is little help for those recovering
from their traumatic experience, only medication.
There is one fault with the film, and it’s a little one. I didn’t
like the fact that most of the documentary was consumed by interviews.
They were rivetting, and heavily affected me. However, documentaries are
at their best when they have the facts and figures to back-up their
case. Although there were some examples of this, it was weighted down by
the sheer amount of time spent on one particular story.
It’s an eye opener, that’s for sure. This is a subject that I’d never
even given a thought to before. I lived in ignorance of the fact that
these atrocities are inflicted on many female recruits. The Invisible War addresses
the topic in an interesting and emotional way, which is why it is
nominated for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards.