“The Invisible War” Opens in Select Theaters This Friday

June 18, 2012

What happens when you’re a soldier and the barracks — not the battlefield — is your war zone?

The Invisible War, a new investigative documentary about the epidemic of sexual assault in the U.S. military, explores that question and shows the impact that rape — and retaliation for reporting it — has on thousands of our brave service members.


The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where it won the Audience Award. After months of community screenings, including one at AAUW in April, The Invisible War will open in select theaters this Friday, June 22. Wider releases are scheduled for June 29, July 6, and July 13.

You can find a complete list of the theaters and showtimes on The Invisible War website.

I’ve seen the film three times, and each time I am blown away by its stories, its depth, and the way it motivates people in the audience to care about the issue and to take action.

AAUW has a special connection to this film. The plaintiffs from two of the lawsuits that AAUW supports through our Legal Advocacy Fund case-support program, Cioca v. Rumsfeld and Klay v. Panetta, are featured in the film.

If you live in an area where the film is playing, I hope you can attend. It is well worth your time and money. Every ticket sold shows Hollywood and military leaders that people care about this issue. And strong opening weekends in each city will mean the film stays in theaters longer and will spread to other cities.

So please go see this film if you can. If you can’t, consider buying a ticket and giving it to someone who can attend!

Holly Kearl By:   |   June 18, 2012

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