The Invisible War

Thu, 07/26/2012 - 7:30pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, NYC

A female soldier today in Iraq or Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire.

From Oscar®- and Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated; Twist of Faith) comes The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America's most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. Premiering at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the esteemed Audience Award, the film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem. The Department of Defense estimates there were a staggering 19,000 violent sex crimes in the military in 2010. The Invisible War exposes the epidemic, breaking open one of the most under-reported stories of our generation, to the nation and the world.

Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering | 97 min | 2012

Post-Screening Q&A

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Jo Potestivo, Health Science Specialist at Department of Veterans Affairs, and Director Kirby Dick will join us via Skype.

Kirby Dick is an Academy and Emmy Award nominated documentary director. The son of a World War II Navy veteran, Dick was nominated for an Emmy for Outrage (released by Magnolia Pictures) a searing indictment of the hypocrisy of powerful, closeted politicians and the political and media institutions that protect them. In 2006, he directed This Film Is Not Yet Rated, released by IFC Films. A breakthrough investigation of the highly secretive MPAA film ratings system, the film compelled the MPAA to make long overdue changes in the way it rates films. Dick's prior film, Twist of Faith, received a 2004 Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature. Dick's other films include, Derrida, a complex portrait of the world-renowned French philosopher Jacques Derrida, which won the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco Film Festival, and the internationally acclaimed Sick:The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Grand Prize at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Jo Potestivo has worked with survivors of sexual trauma for over 25 years. For almost 20 of those years she has worked with both combat and non-combat veterans. She is currently a Health Science Specialist at the Brooklyn VA working with the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Substance Abuse, and Iraq/Afghanistan Readjustment Programs. Her dedication to helping survivors heal, and helping all people to understand the healing process has led her to conduct staff trainings, teach college-level courses, and provide volunteer disaster mental health services for the greater New york City American Red Cross.


$8 / DCTV Members
$10 / DocuClub, IFP, NYWIFT, Rooftop Films, Shooting People Members; and Students with ID
$12 / General

Doors open 7pm. No admittance after 8pm.

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