The Invisible War

Kirby Dick’s documentary lays bare the scandalous epidemic of rape in the U.S. armed forces—the war on women who fight wars. Told through an array of talking heads—including servicewomen (and a few servicemen) who recount their attacks, military psychiatrists, NCIS agents, attorneys, journalists, and obtuse Department of Defense employees—and intertitles revealing appalling facts, Dick’s film unveils an environment that, in the words of one Army shrink, is “target rich for predators.” Interview after interview, statistic after statistic, Dick’s advocacy project thoroughly incenses—and appears to be having results. Two days after Dick screened it for Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, the DOD head announced plans requiring that all sexual assault complaints be handled by more-senior officers, not unit commanders—a change that will hopefully lead to more prosecutions. Discussion follows the screening. (NR) MELISSA ANDERSON

Mon., Nov. 12, 7 p.m., 2012