March 18 – 29
At Tower City
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Run Time: 95 minutes
Investigative documentary filmmaker Kirby Dick strikes a nerve with THE INVISIBLE WAR, an account of the epidemic of rape in the U.S. armed forces. Women in the military are more likely to be raped by fellow soldiers than they are to be killed in combat. In a 2005 study of female veterans, 30 percent reported being assaulted by a male colleague or supervisor. But not only women are affected: it is estimated that up to a third of those assaulted are men. There are many reasons why victims fail to come forward: the perpetrator might be their ranking officer, or they don't want to destroy their unit's cohesion. Focusing on emotional interviews with several young women, the film reveals the military's failure to address sex crimes. Sadly, their brutalization has extinguished the pride these soldiers once felt in serving their country. THE INVISIBLE WAR is a harrowing film that won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. It's a powerful call to action. –B.B.
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
Kirby Dick was born in 1952 and studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the California Institute of the Arts, and the American Film Institute. He is best known for his documentary films, one of which was nominated for an Academy Award® ("Twist of Faith").
"Men Who Are Men" (1981), "Private Practices: The Story of a Sex Surrogate" (1986), "Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist" (1997), "Chain Camera" (2001), "Twist of Faith" (2004), "This Film is Not Yet Rated" (2006), "Outrage" (2009), THE INVISIBLE WAR (2011)