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The Invisible War, directed by Kirby Dick

The Invisible War, directed by Kirby Dick

VIFF 2012

VIFF movie review: The Invisible War Add to ...

  • Directed by Kirby Dick
  • Genre documentary
  • Country USA

In The Invisible War, investigative documentarian Kirby Dick takes aim at the military’s egregious pattern of turning a willful blind eye to sexual assault in its ranks. Armed with shocking statistics (20 per cent of females in the military have reported sexual assault) and scores of heart-wrenching interviews of rape victims (both men and women), the film paints a sordid picture of how rape allegations are routinely brushed under the carpet, with the perpetrators going unpunished (fewer than 10 per cent have been prosecuted) and the victims losing everything – their jobs, their dignity and any hope of medical aid. The Invisible War – an audience-award winner at Sundance – is a must-see exposé of the abuse of power in an institution that is supposed to serve and protect. Instead, it seems to view rape as an occupational hazard of military service.

Sept. 28, 9:15 p.m. Granville 1; Sept. 29, 11:45 a.m. Granville 1

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