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I Am Vanessa Guillen

By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Tragic docu shows U.S. military corruption, sexual violence.

Movie NR 2022 95 minutes
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While this documentary is a bit long, sometimes lingering too much on side characters' backstories, the main message still feels incredibly important and vital. A lot of pain is shown in I Am Vanessa Guillen, but there is some encouraging progress shown by the end. Despite the conclusion not being perfect, it still shows how the tireless efforts of one family can make a huge impact. A tough watch, the docu doesn't hide from being direct, calling out the U.S. military and especially Fort Hood for their collusion in trying to cover-up dozens of cases of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape, and murder.

After highlighting the failures within the U.S. military judicial system, the film decides to follow the Guillen family's efforts to make change at a congressional level. Unfortunately, by the time the end is reached, any sense of triumphant victory is cut short, made bittersweet by the extent of the U.S. military's corruption. The only gripe is that if the film had been more snappily presented, perhaps even more people would be aware of this case and its implications.

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