Film & Discussion: Oscar-Nominated Documentary "The Invisible War"

Monday April 29, 2013: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

"The Invisible War" is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of our country's most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within our US military. Today, a female soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire with the number of assaults in the last decade alone in the hundreds of thousands.

This powerful 2012 documentary won the U.S. Documentary Audience Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was a nominee for the 2012 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. The film also appeared on numerous year-end best lists, including in The New York Times, Time, and the National Board of Review.

A post-film discussion will follow this AADL screening, led by SafeHouse Center

Focusing on the powerfully emotional stories of several young women, the 93-minute film (which is not rated) reveals the systemic cover up of the crimes against them and follows their struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. It features hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress that reveal the perfect storm conditions that exist for rape in the military, its history of cover-up, and what can be done to bring about much needed change.

This film and discussion is cosponsored by SafeHouse Center as part of National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. SafeHouse Center a non-profit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault in Washtenaw County. SafeHouse provides free and confidential services for any person victimized that lives or works in Washtenaw County. Programs include counseling, court accompaniment, information and referrals, emergency shelter and personal advocacy.