The Invisible War

Synopsis: An investigative and powerfully emotional documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military, the institutions that perpetuate and cover up its existence, and its profound personal and social consequences.
Director(s): Kirby Dick
Production: Cinedigm
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

[patriotic music]

- Today, the latest weapons,

Coupled with the fighting skill

of the american soldier,

Stand ready on the alert

all over the world

To defend this country,

You, the american people,

against aggression.

This is the big picture.

Now, to show you part

of the big picture,

Here is sergeant stuart queen.

- The privilege of serving

the United States in uniform

Is no longer limited

to men.

[patriotic music]

- The value placed by

the women's army corps

On meticulous grooming

and feminine grace

Is one of the first lessons

learned by the recruit.

- There were demands

that would require of her

Perfect physical health

and stamina.

- Cadence count.

One, two, three, four.

One, two-

three, four!

- I'm sure you've all heard

the saying,

"there's a right way,

a wrong way, and the army way."

[the women's army corps'

duty ]

- # duty is calling

you and me #

# we have a date

with destiny #

# ready

# the wacs are ready

# their pulse is steady

# the world to set free

# service

# we're in it heart and soul

# victory

is our only goal #

[fading, airplane whooshing]

- # we're looking for

computer specialists #

- # lab technicians

- # plumbers

- # carpenters

- # electricians

- # art illustrators

# statisticians

- # air controllers

- # security police

- # auto mechanics

- # fire chiefs

# look up

# we look up

here in the air force #

- 212, radar contact.

Turn right heading 150.

- With a fogbound

helicopter hanging

On your every word,

It doesn't matter whether

you're a man or a woman,

Only that you're good.

- Coming up slowly.

- # be all that you can be

- Thanks for your help.

- Roger.

- # 'cause we need you

in the army #

- I'm flying a helicopter

right now.

- Don't second-guess


- It's a lot of work,

but it's totally worth it.

- I would just always see

the movies of the military,

And I just knew

that was me.

That's what I wanted to do.

It's what I wanted to be.

There was a-a waiting list

for the navy, over a year.

And I knew I didn't

wanna wait that long,

So, um, I had a friend

tell me about the coast guard.

And I went to the coast guard

and they said

That they could get me in

within a month, so-

I said, "okay, ship me off."

- I tried college and, um-

I had a good job at a vineyard

in east texas.

I had bought my own

little house.

And the military was something

I always wanted to do.

I come from

a military family.

I always taught that

it's every citizen's duty

To join the military.

If you can, you should.

And so I wanted

to go ahead and join,

And start a career.

- I joined the air force.

I was 17 years old.

I had a boyfriend

that encouraged me to go in.

So that's what I did.

My mom signed,

gave me permission to go.

- When I was in high school,

I was impressed

With the marines

that I had met.

There used to be

a lieutenant colonel

That used to run laps around

the track

After soccer practice.

And he said, "you'd be

perfect for the marine corps,

"'cause you're really fit

and smart.

And that's what

the marine corps needs."

The professionalism,

the camaraderie,

Everything about it

inspired me.

- After I graduated

high school,

I left for orlando, florida,

which was

The first time I was ever

on an airplane in my life.


Initially it was just

wanting to go see the world,

'cause I'm from

a really small town.

I had a college scholarship

to go play basketball,

But I instead opted to go

into the military.

You know, it's what

I chose to do.

- I come from a long line

of military lineage.

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Kirby Dick

Kirby Bryan Dick (born August 23, 1952) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and editor. He is best known for directing documentary films. He received Academy Award nominations for Best Documentary Feature for directing Twist of Faith (2005) and The Invisible War (2012). He has also received numerous awards from film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival and Los Angeles Film Festival. more…

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