“Brilliant ... A movie that cannot be ignored”
From Oscar and Emmy-nominated filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, THE
INVISIBLE WAR is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of our
country's most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within our US
Profoundly moving, we meet characters who embraced their service with pride and
professionalism, only to have their idealism crushed. Their chilling stories of violent
sexual assault become even more rattling as they seek justice in a Kafkaesque
military legal system. As a courageous few defy victimhood, they face their most
challenging fight yet: penetrating a closed circuit where officers collude, cases are
routinely swept under the rug, and few perpetrators are tried or convicted.
Both a rallying cry for the hundreds of thousands of men and women who've been
assaulted and a hopeful road map for change, THE INVISIBLE WAR is one of those
rare films so powerful it has already helped change military policy.
WINNER - Nestor Almendros Award - 2012 Human Rights Watch Film Festival
WINNER - Silver Heart Award - 2012 Dallas International Film Festival
WINNER - Best Documentary - 2012 Seattle International Film Festival
WINNER - Best Documentary - 2012 Provincetown International Film Festival
A movie that cannot be ignored...the documentary filmmaker Kirby Dick has become one of the indispensable muckrakers of American cinema, zeroing in on frequently painful stories about how power functions in the absence or failure of accountability.
- A.O. Scott, New York Times
With clinical detail and inescapable logic, filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering lift the veil on what they contend is one of the U.S. military's dirtiest secrets -- an epidemic of rape and sexual violence that is ignored by top brass. That's the takeaway from this riveting, heartbreaking and infuriating film.
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
- Richard Corliss, Time Magazine
There are some works of writing or painting, speech, or film that do more than just stand as great works of art. They change things. They put before us something fundamentally wrong with the world - with the society we take for granted, with the institutions on which we depend and that in turn depend on us - and demand change. The Invisible War belongs in that pantheon, and is easily one of the most important films of the year.
- Jonathan Hahn, Los Angeles Review of Books
Stunning, muckraking documentaries are a staple at Sundance, but even by the film
festival's impressive standards, Kirby Dick's The Invisible War is exceptional - both for its scandalous nature as well as its emotional impact.
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
The Invisible War, Kirby Dick's incendiary documentary about the epidemic of rape within the United States military, is a shocking and infuriating indictment of widespread sexual attacks on women. None of the films [in the Human Rights Watch Film Festival] matched the impact of The Invisible War.
- Stephen Holden, New York Times
The Invisible War is a gut-wrenching condemnation of the way the military has failed to protect its members from sexual assault - and then failed them again and again afterward. Dick's film is a devastating, intimate portrait of the aftereffects of sexual abuse. Unforgettable as The Invisible War is, though, it's great achievement of is that it's a beautiful, difficult movie.
- Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon
There are "important" movies, and then there is The Invisible War. Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering's investigative documentary about sexual abuse in the American military exposes a heretofore under-reported systematic horror show of unfathomable proportions. The Invisible War is truly vital viewing.
- Michael Tully, Filmmaker Magazine
Shattering...as powerful a muckraking documentary as has ever been made.
- Nathan Southern, TV Guide
What Dick has done with The Invisible War is make an audience-mobilizing documentary that hits you in the gut in the opening minutes and doesn't let up...a documentary with a chance to make a tangible difference, which is something many films aspire to, but few films ever pull off.
- Daniel Fienberg, HitFix
A must-see...one of the most moving films of the year.
- Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
Impeccably assembled...this bitter, powerful film is a howl of anger and a cry of injustice.
- Jason Bailey, Fourth Row Center, DVDtalk
An aptly infuriating expose of sexual abuse within the U.S. military, Kirby Dick's docu...demands that the pic receive the widest possible exposure, certainly beyond the extensive fest play that appears guaranteed.
- Rob Nelson, Variety
Destined to draw major editorial attention, this hard-hitting advocacy film is arguably his most urgently affecting work to date.
- David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
Dick and Ziering have been crafting wonderful docs for the last three decades, but this is quite possibly their most imperatively urgent work yet.
- Jordan Smith, ioncinema
Destined for greatness
- Keith Barber, Association of Alternative Media
US Premiere: 2012 Sundance Film Festival