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.