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Human Rights Watch Film Fest at I-House

"The Invisible War," the Oscar-nominated documentary about under reported incidents of rape in the U.S. military, is on the program of the ambitious Human Rights Watch Film Festival, happening this week at International House.

Human Rights Watch Film Fest at I-House

Lieutenant Elle Helmer at the Vietnam War Memorial, from THE INVISIBLE WAR.
Lieutenant Elle Helmer at the Vietnam War Memorial, from THE INVISIBLE WAR.

Kirby Dick’s Oscar-nominated documentary feature, The Invisible War, offers a startling investigation of rampant and underreported incidents of rape in the United States military. It’s being screened Friday, March 22, as part of the ambitious Human Rights Watch Film Festival, under way this week and weekend at International House.

Prize-winning documentarian Dick’s film examines the systemic failure to address the crisis of women in the armed forces who have been victims of sexual violence. Women who entered the ranks of the Army, Navy and Air Force with high ideals and ambitious goals found themselves ignored and humiliated when they brought charges against the men who had sexually assaulted them. The film is a scathing indictment of a culture of cover-ups and denial within the military and the government.  The film screens Friday at 7 p.m. at International House.

Also on the Human Rights Watch Film Festival program:

Reportero, Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m. Director Bernardo Ruiz’s documentary about fearless investigative journalists working in Baja, Mexico, where covering the drug trade has made a newspaper reporter’s job a life-threatening endeavor.

Putin’s Kiss, Saturday, March 23, 5 p.m. Masha, a rising star in Russia’s political youth movement, faces disillusionment and dread as she becomes exposed to a pro-Putin campaign to squash free speech, investigative reporting and anyone who dares express a differing political view.

Brother Number One, Saturday, March 23, 8 p.m.. Director Annie Goldson follows New Zealander Rob Hamill’s search to explain his brother's death at the hands of the Khmer Rouge in 1970s Cambodia.

For information on the Human Rights Watch Film Festival at International House, call 215-387-5125 or go to http://ihousephilly.org/category/events/film

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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