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Filmmaker helps lawmakers wage war against military rape

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Yeas and Nays,Politics,Alicia M. Cohn

"The Invisible War" did not win the Oscar for best documentary feature, but director/writer Kirby Dick says the better reward is the movie's continuing influence on policy.

The film has "by far has had the most impact" of any of Kirby's other documentaries, he told Yeas & Nays. "We didn't think the response would be as strong as it was. It's a moment of opportunity."

Kirby said making the film made him part of a "movement," one that in the two years since the movie was made prompted action by former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and led to a new bill addressing the court martial system introduced by Reps. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., and Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, on Tuesday. Speier credited the movie with helping create a "conscience within the military."

Balancing activism and filmmaking, Dick plans to help keep pushing the military to take "aggressive steps" to address structural problems, but added that he knows more investigation is needed into male sexual assault and individual incidents.

But he hopes he won't have to make a sequel. "The only reason I would make another film is if ... in five to 10 years, if this hasn't been addressed, I think I would come back. I'm that committed to this issue."

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Alicia M. Cohn

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