Topanga Canyon News
Documentary "The Invisible War" Debuts
By Camille Sarabia
Aug 8, 2013 - 10:56:17 AM

TOPANGA CANYON—Topanga Canyon’s Peace Alliance organization will debut the documentary Academy Award nominee and Sundance Film Award for the U.S. Documentary Audience Award film “The Invisible War” to place awareness upon sexual assault in the U.S. military. 

 

The Topanga Peace Alliance supports peace and justice on a local and global level through their non-partisan organization.  Their views coincide with “The Invisible War” as they strive to preserve and defend human rights and advocate non-violent alternatives towards war.

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Topanga Canyon's Peace Alliance

 

“The Invisible War” attends to one of the best-kept military secrets, the epidemic of rape occurring while on duty.  The film focuses on statistics that a female soldier is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than for a soldier to be killed by enemy fire.  In 2011, there were 22,800 violent sex crimes that occurred, according to the Department of Defense, and female soldiers between the ages of 18 to 21 were a high category in that percentage. 

 

“The Invisible War” reaches out by interviewing rape victims Kori Cioca, who was raped by her superior in the Coast Guard, Ariana Klay, a Marine who served in Iraq before she was raped by her senior officer and his friend, and Trina McDonald, a Naval officer stationed in Alaska who was drugged and raped repeatedly by military policemen. 

 

The film focuses on rape victims, statistics and the victim’s stories being told.  It is also rising in fame among the Pentagon and the Obama Administration.  “The Invisible War” was put together by Kirby Dick, who received an Academy Award and Emmy Awards from his previous documentary projects. Producers Amy Ziering, an Emmy and Academy Award winner, Tanner King Barlow, editors Doug Blush and Derek Boonstra, who are seasoned veterans in making documentaries and Bil White (animations and graphics), who played a role in the documentary project.

 

This film screening took place on Friday, August 2. A $10 donation was requested, but not needed to attend. Other films shown include: “The Last Mountain,” “Forks Over Knives” and “The Big Fix.”



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