The Invisible War is a 2012 documentary film written and directed by Kirby Dick about sexual abuse in the United States Armed Forces. It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it received the U.S. Documentary Audience Award.
Directed by : Kirby Dick
Produced by : Amy Ziering, Tanner King Barklow
Written by : Kirby Dick
Music by : Mary J. Blige
Cinematography : Thaddeus Wadleigh, Kirsten Johnson
Editing by : Douglas Blush, Derek Boonstra
Studio : Chain Camera Pictures
Distributed by: Cinedigm, Docurama Films
Release date: 20 January 2012 (Sundance Film Festival), 22 June 2012 (USA)
The Invisible War features interviews with military personnel, lawmakers, and advocates, as well as veterans who have survived assault. The survivors talk about their experiences joining the military, the events surrounding their assaults, and the difficulties they have faced in seeking justice.
One survivor, Seaman Kori Cioca, struggles to earn benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay for the many medical difficulties that have resulted from her rape. With the help of attorney Susan Burke, Cioca brings a civil suit against the Department of Defense alleging a failure to adequately address sexual assault within the military.
The film also recounts several current and past incidents of sexual abuse, such as the 1991 Navy Tailhook scandal, the 1996 Army Aberdeen scandal, and the 2003 Air Force Academy scandal, and argues that the military has consistently made empty promises to address its high rate of sexual assault. The survivors and advocates featured in the film call for changes to the way the military handles sexual assault, such as shifting prosecution away from unit commanders, who often are either friends with alleged assailants or are alleged assailants themselves.
The Invisible War - Documentary Film - Sundance Trailer