The Curt Critic featured in the Wisconsin State Journal

The Curt Critic in the news: This recent Wisconsin State Journal article is validation that Liz Zélandais' quest to see all 53 Oscar-nominated films for 2013 is a fascinating enterprise worthy of public interest, rather than merely nuts.

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Invisible War - 2013 Oscar Nominee for Best Documentary Feature

Today, a female soldier in a combat zone is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire.

Filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering investigate the epidemic of rape in the United States military and how the system often punishes the victim who dares to report, while continuing to promote the perpetrator. Interviews with victims are searing, yet matter of fact.  Dick and Ziering do not indulge in cinematic "frothing at the mouth" or inflammatory treatment of the subject. The evidence creates its own recriminating fire.

Although most of the victims interviewed are women, the film addresses male victims as well. Due to the preponderance of men in the US Armed Forces, statistics reflect the even greater number of males suffering rape while in military service.

Hearing the statistics, we wring our hands in sympathy and agree that this is a terrible thing. Seeing individual faces and hearing their stories make it an unforgettable reality. This is a well-made movie that may be hard to watch, but it is too critical to ignore.

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