Sen. Barbara Boxer's Daughter Behind Oscar-Nominated Documentary The Invisible War

The documentary on rape in the military was nominated for an Oscar Thursday.

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Airman 1st Class Jessica Hinves, US Air Force, kneels under an aircraft, from 'The Invisible War,' a Cinedigm/Docurama Films release.
Airman 1st Class Jessica Hinves, US Air Force, kneels under an aircraft, from 'The Invisible War,' a Cinedigm/Docurama Films release.

A number of Washington politicos appear in the new documentary The Invisible War, which looks at sexual assault in the military and received an Oscar nomination Thursday. Reps. Chellie Pingree of Maine, Loretta Sanchez of California, and Louise Slaughter of New York—all Democrats—share their thoughts on the problem on screen.

But behind the scenes, another member of D.C.'s political community was responsible for making the film happen.

Nicole Boxer, the film's executive producer, is the daughter of Democrat Barbara Boxer, the junior senator from California, and the ex-wife of Tony Rodham, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's youngest brother. (When the two married in 1994, it was the first White House wedding since the 1970s.)

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The younger Boxer has produced documentaries and TV shows for more than a decade, often political in nature, on issues ranging from climate change to immigration. In 2007, she produced 14 WOMEN, a film about the 109th Congress and its record number of female senators—which included her mother.

Airman 1st Class Jessica Hinves, US Air Force, kneels under an aircraft, from 'The Invisible War,' a Cinedigm/Docurama Films release.
Airman 1st Class Jessica Hinves, US Air Force, kneels under an aircraft, from 'The Invisible War,' a Cinedigm/Docurama Films release.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the elder Boxer told a crowd at the Beverly Hills Hotel in November that she supported her daughter's new film, and that it had "already begun to effect significant change" in policy on sexual assault in the military. In June, the Daily Beast reported the film had even inspired Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to announce "a slew of changes to how the military handles reports of sexual assaults."

Slate's Alyssa Rosenberg wrote Thursday that The Invisible War was the "one Oscar-nominated movie you must see."

The film was directed by Kirby Dick, likely known best in Washington for his 2009 film Outrage on the supposed hypocrisy of closeted gay politicians.

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