Jan 11, 2013
2013 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature, The Invisible War, gets its North American broadcast premiere on CBC News Network’s THE PASSIONATE EYE, on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
The Sundance Film Festival winner is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape and sexual assault within the U.S. military.
Focusing on powerful interviews with the rape survivors themselves, The Invisible War 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. Kori Cioca was beaten and raped by her supervisor in the U.S. Coast Guard; Ariana Klay served in Iraq before she was raped by a senior officer and his friend, then threatened with death; and Trina McDonald was drugged and raped repeatedly by military policemen on her remote Naval station in Alaska.
The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem. Today, a female solider in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. The U.S. Department of Defense estimates there were a staggering 22,800 violent sex crimes in the military in 2011.
Since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year, The Invisible War has inspired change. Already in 2013, a new bill has been passed in the U.S. that includes a range of measures specifically aimed at ending rape in the military and improving survivors’ access to care.
VIDEO: click to a see a PREVIEW
A screener of The Invisible War is available for review purposes only, and the director, Kirby Dick, is available for interviews.
The North American broadcast premiere of The Invisible War airs on THE PASSIONATE EYE, Sunday, Jan. 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network
Also airing on THE PASSIONATE EYE in January:
The Kill List
Sunday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. ET on CBC News Network
Saturday, Jan. 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network
Controlled remotely from the U.S., drones drop bombs from the sky and kill without impunity. There are no prisoners of war or American soldiers coming home in body bags, but there are civilian casualties and a raging debate about the moral and legal use of drones-especially when the targets on The Kill List are American citizens. With President Obama’s nomination of John Brennan—chief architect of the controversial drone program—to head the CIA, the drone program is already front and centre in the early days of the President’s second term. 
The documentary is written, produced and directed by Radio-Canada journalist Marie-Eve Bedard.
Inside Obama’s Presidency
Sunday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network
Saturday, Jan. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network
On the eve of the second inauguration of Barack Obama, Inside Obama’s Presidency takes a penetrating look at his first term. The award-winning investigative team that delivered The Choice 2012, goes behind closed doors to examine the first four years of the Obama administration and the decisions that led to health care reform, the expanded drone war, the economic stimulus package, and the failure to compromise with Congress that created the fiscal cliff crisis. Directed by PBS Frontline producer Michael Kirk.
Last Call at the Oasis
Sunday, Jan. 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network
When was the last time you worried about getting a glass of water? From the producers of An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc. and Waiting for “Superman”, Last Call at the Oasis presents an inspiring wake-up call for why you should be worried and why the global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century. With the help of environmental activist Erin Brockovich, and such distinguished experts as Peter Gleick and Alex Prud’homme, Last Call at the Oasis travels throughout North America, shedding light on the vital role water plays in our lives, exposing the defects in the current system, and introducing us to communities in California and Nevada already struggling with its ill-effects, and individuals who are championing revolutionary solutions. Directed by Academy Award winner Jessica Yu.
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