The Oscar Documentaries, Part 3: ‘The Invisible War’

BY Jeffrey Brown  February 18, 2013 at 3:05 PM EDT

Over the next week on Art Beat, we’re talking to all of the filmmakers who have been nominated this year for an Oscar in the category of Best Documentary Feature. So far we spoken to David France, director of “How to Survive a Plague” and Malik Bendjelloul (“Searching for Sugarman”).

In the next few days we’ll have interviews with Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi (“5 Broken Cameras”) and Dror Moreh (“The Gatekeepers”).

And airing on Monday’s NewsHour: Jeffrey Brown conversation with Kirby Dick, director of “The Invisible War.”

Sexual assault within the U.S. military has been the subject of scandals, studies and a recent congressional hearing. But it’s perhaps never been so thoroughly investigated and dramatically presented as in the documentary “The Invisible War,” which has been nominated for an Academy Award.

The film, which will be shown on the PBS series “Independent Lens” later this year, appears to be having an impact within the military. Just days after a screening, outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced new policies, Including a requirement for unit commanders to hand over investigations to senior officers and the establishment of special victims units within each branch of the military.

On Monday’s Newshour, Jeffrey Brown talks with its director, Kirby Dick, a veteran filmmaker whose other documentaries include “Twist of Faith,” “Outrage” and “This Film Is Not Yet Rated.”


You can watch the trailer and scenes from the film below: