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Rooting for The Invisible War

I have known the film maker Kirby Dick for close to thirty years now and have had the privilege of watching him grow into one of the most important documentary film makers of our time. On the eve of the 85th Oscars where his film Invisible War has been nominated for Best Feature-length Documentary I thought it fitting to refresh ourselves with the review written by TQ regular Rita Valencia of this extraordinary film whose difficult subject, sexual assault in the military, delves into the matter not just to awaken the audience to this hidden tragedy, but was actually made for the primary purpose of being distributed to the military establishment to shed light and provoke actual changes in policy. On January 23, 2013 the House Armed Services … [Read more...]

Blowing Down The Barracks

THE INVISIBLE WAR (2012), directed by Kirby Dick, produced by Amy Ziering – With an aesthetic that is strategically subservient to its goal of creating policy change, The Invisible War's human drama rolls out in a perfectly calibrated series of emotional interviews of survivors of military sexual assault (MSA), their advocates and therapists.The antagonists, director Kirby Dick makes clear, are not the violent criminals masquerading as soldiers, officers or heroes; but the systemic judicial dysfunction of the nation's armed services, which manifests as stonewalling, intransigence and incompetence. The prologue to the film is a series of filmed recruitment ads aimed at women—presenting the public relations campaign the … [Read more...]