The Invisible War

The Invisible War

By Kirby Dick

  • Genre: Kirby Dick
  • Release Date: 2012-06-22
  • Advisory Rating: Unrated
  • Runtime: 1h 37min
  • Director: Kirby Dick
  • Production Company: Chain Camera Pictures
  • iTunes Price: USD 6.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 73 Ratings


From Oscar and Emmy nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated, Twist of Faith) comes THE INVISIBLE WAR, a ground-breaking investigative documentary about one of America's most shameful and best-kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem - today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. Twenty percent of all active-duty female servicewomen are sexually assaulted. Profoundly moving, the film follows the stories of several idealistic young servicewomen who were raped and then betrayed by their own officers when they courageously came forward to report. 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. The recipient of a Peabody Award and Emmy Awards for Best Documentary Feature and Outstanding Investigative Journalism. THE INVISIBLE WAR was also nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 85th Academy Awards.




  • Cherrypicking and lies

    By Djmc993150
    Im in the military. Nope. This is nothing but playing to the popular perception just like the completely misrepresented college campus rape "epidemic". The people here claiming they were punished are lying. There are at least 4-5 ways to report a rape / sexual assault and just as many protections from supposed "retribution" or other actions like that. Yes there is a problem, but its no bigger than any other segment of society that pushes 18-24 year olds into confined living spaces. And amping up false stats that reflect a very wide definition of sexual assault (the military definition is VERY broad compared to the civil law definition) is pandering at best.
  • Eye opening

    By pinkpanther23
    Very good movie. It really opened my eyes to really goes on in the army, navy,etc. We should have ten times more people helping the victims!
  • Highlights an important problem, but short on information

    By Matthew419
    I really liked this documentary and I am glad that it is bringing attention to this issue. There was a major sex scandal in my unit when I was in the miliitary, and I'm glad that people are finally paying attention. Having said that, I feel like this film was really short on facts. There are lots of reasons why the miliitary is the way it is (the way the justice system is structured, etc.), but the film didn't really go into that. They tried to tell the story through the victims/survivors, which is important, but I think the filmmakers missed a major opportunity to really educate people.
  • I might be a survivor; but I'll NEVER heal

    By Apple Princess
    These events aren't exaggerated, in fact, my experiences were worse...and there were NO alcohol involved. And in fact, the first time I was assaulted, I courageously stepped forward and reported the event, and instead of my Command helping me, I GOT PUNISHED, written up and given my 1st Page 11. The Page 11 was for breaking a barracks rule that was created roughly days AFTER this incident! And I'll never forget it; "All barrack doors are to be secured even if in your room." And for the next 12 years, I NEVER saw another barracks with that rule. You see, my assailant walked into my room and attacked me, apparently, according to my command at that time, I was at fault and therefore was justified in being charged, basically for neglect of government property. If you think these stories are exaggerated, guess again, there are HUNDREDS more of us who have experienced far worse.
  • Maybe now they will believe us...

    By Pandora's Abyss
  • Men get raped and sexually assaulted too.

    By Muffykiller
    1 in 33 men are sexually assaulted and/or raped everyday in the military. Stop just concentrating on women only and start addressing the issue as a whole. This movie has a hidden agenda and it neglects male survivors of MST, which further makes men unwilling to report their trauma. It's (unfortunately) considered a female issue when it is not. Wake up and take care of every one of them!
  • Not Entirely Sure

    By redwingsfan14
    I really like to watch documentaries, but this one left me wanting more information for some reason. I know very few people in the military so perhaps it's difficult to relate. I enjoyed the movie. Not sure how I feel about the information it portrayed.

    By Kiser12
    This IS a must see. I hope it wins some awards. I agree that this is a very serious issue, and I also agree that it is world wide, not just in the military. Knowledge is power, and the more awareness raised the better. I think this film should be shown as often as possible, and in as many places as possible. My hat is off to the brave woman who let us inside their private hell
  • Sigh...

    By Shawn501
    If you understand the military justice system, this is hard to watch. Very misleading but the general public is uninformed so it gets a pass. I'm not taking anything away the victims. They were used by this piece.
  • Wish I could give it 6 stars

    By combatgirl81
    As a survivor of MST myself I debated for months on whether to watch this or not. I am glad I eventually got up the courage to watch it. It makes me angry that the numbers are so high and this seems to be a problem no one wants to address. I was relieved but sad to know that I was not alone. I have been fighting with the VA and the agony of dealing with this along since 2004. I see now that there is hope.