Lipscomb University’s HumanDocs Film Series presents a free screening of the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Invisible War, a film that takes a shocking look at the epidemic of sexual assault in the U.S. military, just three days after the Oscars ceremony.
The screening begins at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday (Feb. 27) in Ward Hall on Lipscomb’s campus (One University Park Drive). There will also be a panel discussion, featuring female military veterans, to discuss the film after the viewing.
The feature examines sexual crime and its cover-up by focusing on women and men who have suffered sexual violence in the armed forces and are attempting to piece their lives back together. Among several accolades The Invisible War garnered the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, was named one of Time magazine’s 10 best films of the year, one of the year’s five best documentaries by the National Board of Review and will find out this Sunday if it has won an Academy Award.
The movie’s director, Kirby Dick, is an Academy- and Emmy Award-nominated filmmaker who was lauded in 2006 for This Film Is Not Yet Rated, a breakthrough investigation of the highly secretive Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) film ratings system. The film compelled the MPAA to make changes in the way it rates films.
“This is not a movie that can be ignored,” A.O. Scott wrote in his The New York Times review of The Invisible War in June 2012. “Through a rigorous accumulation of evidence… The Invisible War becomes the scariest, most emotionally draining film you must see this year,” wrote Richard Corliss for Time magazine.
HumanDocs is presented by the School of Humanities within Lipscomb’s College of Arts and Sciences. HumanDocs is partnering with Nashville Public Television, Independent Television Service (ITVS), Women & Girls Lead and the Nashville Film Festival to bring The Invisible War to Middle Tennessee.