LOS ANGELES--()--The following are statements regarding The Invisible War, which was nominated earlier today for an Academy Award® in the Best Documentary category:
“Heartbreaking…what makes this savage indictment of the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military so unforgettable are not numbers but the devastating personal stories of the victims.”
Statement of Kirby Dick, director of The Invisible War:
"We're thrilled and gratified by this honor. However, to truly honor our service members we need to stop the epidemic of rape in the military.
"What's different about this film, in comparison to my other films, is that rape in the military is STILL a burning issue and one that we can profoundly impact by changing policies within the military. Today, on the day Oscar® nominations are announced, 50 more men and women will be sexually assaulted in the military, according to the Department of Defense estimates. We hope the attention this nomination brings will send a message to the Department of Defense to protect our women and men in uniform."
Statement of Chris McGurk, Chairman and CEO of Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) and distributor of The Invisible War:
“We are extremely proud that The Invisible War has been acknowledged by the Academy with this nomination. Not only did the filmmakers, led by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, create a powerful, evocative and haunting film, their documentary is helping to bring systemic changes in the way our military treats both the victims and perpetrators of the terrible crime of sexual assault. However, despite the significant progress that has been made since the film’s release, the transformation in our military’s policy and culture regarding this issue is far from complete. We hope this nomination will bring even more focus on Kirby and Amy’s objective of ensuring sexual assault will never again be an occupational hazard for our military service members."
About the Film:
“CRITICS’ PICK: This is not a movie that can be ignored…the candor and bravery displayed in the telling is admirable.” – The New York Times
“A poignant, powerful documentary that just might change the system.” –TIME
Winner, Audience Award, 2012 Sundance Film Festival
100% Fresh – Rotten Tomatoes
“Heartbreaking…what makes this savage indictment of the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military so unforgettable are not numbers but the devastating personal stories of the victims.” – Los Angeles Times
“An incendiary expose…a real game-changer.” The Boston Globe
From Oscar®- and Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick (“This Film Is Not Yet Rated;” “Twist of Faith”) THE INVISIBLE WAR is a groundbreaking investigation about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. THE INVISIBLE WAR paints a startling picture: today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. The Department of Defense estimates there were a staggering 19,300 service members sexually assaulted in 2010 alone.
Focusing on the powerfully emotional stories of rape victims, the film is a moving indictment of the systemic cover-up of military sex crimes, chronicling the women’s struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. It also features hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress that reveal the perfect storm of conditions that exist for rape in the military, its long-hidden history, and what can be done to bring about much-needed change.
THE INVISIBLE WAR is nominated for a 2013 Academy Award® for Best Documentary and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary. Additional 2012 nominations included Best Feature from the International Documentary Association (IDA), the Gotham Audience Award, and the Cinema Eye Honors Audience Choice Prize. THE INVISIBLE WAR was the recipient of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for U.S. Documentary, the 2012 Human Rights Watch Festival’s Nestor Almendros Award for Courage in Filmmaking, the HBO Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature from the 2012 Provincetown Film Festival, the Silver Heart Award from the Dallas International Film Festival, and was an official entry at Full Frame Film Festival and HotDocs.
THE INVISIBLE WAR is a film by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering; written and directed by Kirby Dick; produced by Amy Ziering and Tanner King Barklow; executive producers: Regina Kulik Scully, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Abigail Disney, Maria Cuomo Cole, Sarah Johnson Redlich, Women Donors Network, Teddy Leifer, Sally Jo Fifer, and Nicole Boxer-Keegan.