A woman’s journey to — and across — the soul-destroying chasm between veterans and others.
“IS ANYBODY LISTENING?” TRAILER
What veterans say about the film: “Shows real understanding of veterans” – “Spectacular!” – “Powerful” – “Deeply moving” – “Important” – “Awesome”
“Is Anybody Listening?” is a powerful and moving film that gets the non-veteran world interacting with the Veteran as a human being and gives the Veteran the chance to speak and feel safe doing so, something which too rarely happens, Ultimately, both sides are helped to connect, which is essential for us all.
–Shad Meshad, Founder and Director, National Veterans Foundation
What nonveterans say about the film:
“Phenomenal!” – “Brilliant!” – “Impressive” – “Grounded in love” – “Powerful” – “A gem…heartfelt…moved me deeply. I learned something about myself and my relationship with vets – including my silent father… a healing tool for our divided nation.”
Sgt. Isaac Pope and Paula J. Caplan. Sgt. Pope was 1st Sgt. for Paula’s father during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.
ABOUT THE FILM
Paula J. Caplan grew up listening to – but not remembering – stories her beloved father, Jerome Caplan, told yearly about being Captain of an all-Black battery in The Battle of the Bulge. Her bewilderment about her inability to remember those stories led her to listen to hundreds of veterans. Her alarm that veterans’ deeply human reactions to war and rape are diagnosed as mental illness drove her to set up free sessions nationwide for a nonveteran to listen in wholehearted, respectful silence to whatever a veteran wants to say, reducing veterans’ soul-crushing isolation and nonveterans’ illiteracy about war and rape. Paula takes us on her journey through interviews with veterans including Sgt. Isaac Pope — a 96-year-old, Black man who served with Captain Caplan, archival footage, and visual art.
2016 National Book Award Finalist, Viet Thanh Nguyen:
“All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory . . . . Memory is haunted, not just by ghostly others but by the horrors we have done, seen, and condoned, or by the unspeakable things from which we have profited.”
The Full Disclosure campaign is a Veterans For Peace effort to speak truth to power and keep alive the antiwar perspective on the American war in Viet Nam -- which is now approaching a series of 50th anniversary events. It represents a clear alternative to the Pentagon's current efforts to sanitize and mythologize the Vietnam war and to thereby legitimize further unnecessary and destructive wars.
Take The Pledge
Please join us and TAKE THE PLEDGE: "I’m with Full Disclosure. I oppose the Pentagon campaign to re-write the history of the Vietnam War."
February The Gallup poll shows 35% approve of Johnson’s handling of the war; 50% disapprove; the rest, no opinion. [NYT, 2/14/68] In another poll that month, 23% of Americans defined themselves as “doves” and 61% “hawks.
The National Black Antiwar Antidraft Union (NBAWADU) is founded by Gwen Patton to protest the Vietnam War and the draft. They ally with two other predominantly Black social movement organizations: the Black Panther Party and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
February 1 In Saigon during Tet (Tết), a suspected NLF guerrilla is shot in the head by South Vietnam’s police chief Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan (Nguyễn Ngọc Loan), in full view of an NBC news cameraman and an Associated Press still photographer. The haunting AP photo taken by Eddie Adams appears on the front page of most American newspapers the next morning. Americans also observe the filmed execution on NBC TV.
February 2 President Johnson labels the Tet Offensive “a complete failure.”
February 7 Attributed to an unnamed U.S. officer by AP correspondent Peter Arnett in his writing about Ben Tre (Bến Tre) city on: ‘It became necessary to destroy the town to save it’, a United States major said today. He was talking about the decision by allied commanders to bomb and shell the town regardless of civilian casualties, to rout the NLF.
February 15 Pvt. George Davis is court-martialed after refusing orders to Vietnam.
February 27 Influential CBS TV news anchorman Walter Cronkite, just returned from Saigon, in an unprecedented move, rises from his chair, points to a map of Vietnam and tells Americans during his CBS Evening News broadcast that he is certain “the bloody experience of Vietnam is to end in a stalemate.”
February 21 Olof Palme (then Swedish Minister of Education) participates in a protest in Stockholm against U.S. involvement in the war in Vietnam together with the North Vietnamese Ambassador to the Soviet Union Nguyen Tho Chan (Nguyễn Thọ Chân). The protest was organized by the Swedish Committee for Vietnam and Palme and Nguyen were both invited as speakers. As a result of this, the U.S. recalls its Ambassador from Sweden and Palme is fiercely criticized by the opposition for his participation in the protest.
February 28 Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Wheeler, at the behest of Gen. Westmoreland, asks President Johnson for an additional 206,000 soldiers and mobilization of reserve units in the U.S.