London Premiere: The Invisible War
Followed by a Q&A with producer Amy Ziering via Skype.
Today, a female soldier serving in the US army is more likely to be raped than killed or injured by enemy fire. An estimated 30 percent of servicewomen and at least one percent of servicemen are sexually assaulted during their enlistment; not by the enemy, but by fellow soldiers. Most victims keep quiet in the absence of recourse outside the chain of command. In many cases the person they were obliged to report the assault to was either involved or friends with the assailant.
The Invisible War, by Oscar and Emmy-nominated director Kirby Dick and Emmy-nominated producer Amy Ziering, reveals the extent of sexual assault in the armed forces and investigates the institutions that cover it up.
Interviews with retired and active service members, scholars and legal experts paint an alarming picture of the extent of the problem today. It is the emotional testimonies of victims, conducted by Ziering that form the core of the documentary, and show the profound personal and social consequences of these acts.
Winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award
Directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering