As written and directed by documentarian Kirby Dick, The Invisible War
sheds a public light on the crises of sexual assault and rape in the U.S. armed forces. The film delivers a sledgehammer blow to the audience, with an experience every bit as shattering and overwhelming as one might infer from the subject matter.
The documentary benefits from an ingenious and subtle narrative structure. Dick begins with an onslaught of slogan-heavy USAF propaganda films ("be all that you can be") that leave an ironic aftertaste. Then he brutally undercuts this jingoism with the cold, hard truth of military reality for many of the women (and one male participant) wh...