I cannot think of another documentary that has had this kind of deep, concrete, and ongoing effect on public discourse; Ruth Marcus likens it to Upton Sinclair’s muckraking book The Jungle, which seems an apt analogy.
Ruth Marcus quotes one of the filmmakers, Kirby Dick, in her column in today’s Washington Post, “I knew it was going to be explosive,” Dick said. “I didn’t know it was going to be transformative.”
It does seem that The Invisible War is transformative at least in terms of giving people who care about this issue a way to make statistics personal and continue to try to force military accountability and change.
Here’s a link to Marcus’s column:
As the column notes, the news stories and special hearings on Capitol Hill have been around for awhile, but The Invisible War seems to strike a deeper chord and provide a sustained impetus for critics of the military’s unwillingness/inability to tackle the problem of sexual abuse.
More power to the legislators and activists who are not giving up on ending the epidemic of rape in the military. And, thanks to Kirby Dick and his collaborator Amy Ziering for making this important film