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.
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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."
The war escalates; American casualties soar; General Westmoreland remains confident of an American military victory; the antiwar movement gains momentum.
Some time in 1967, Julian Bond (after being expelled from the Georgia legislature for his antiwar position) and T. G. Lewis published an antiwar comic. See http://vietnamfulldisclosure.org/index.php/vietnam-an-antiwar-comic-book-by-julian-bond/
January DRV Foreign Minister Pham Van Dong (Phạm Văn Đồng) says peace talks can begin if US stops bombing North Vietnam.
January-May Two North Vietnamese divisions, operating out of the DMZ that separates North and South Vietnam, launch heavy bombardments of American bases south of the DMZ. These bases include Khe Sanh, the Rockpile (also known as Elliot Combat Base; known in Vietnamese as Thon Khe Tri, is a solitary karst rock outcropping north of Route 9), Cam Lo (Cam Lộ), Dong Ha (Đông Hà), Con Thien (Cồn Tiên) and Gio Linh.
January 1-18 Harrison Salisbury’s reporting from Hanoi in The New York Times continues to challenge the Johnson administrations’ view of the war; he reports extensive civilian damage and a strong will among the DRV (Democratic Republic of Vietnam or North Vietnam) to carry on the fighting, as well as Hanoi’s willingness to negotiate.
January 2 Operation Bolo: 28 U.S. Air Force F-4 Phantom jets engage North Vietnamese MIG-21 interceptors into a dogfight over Hanoi and shoot down seven of them. This leaves only nine MIG-21s operational for the North Vietnamese (DRV). The success for the Americans in this operation (as well as subsequent operations) caused the DRV to ground MiG-21s for several months for retraining and revised tactics.
January 8-26 – Operation Cedar Falls: the largest combined offensive to date and involves 16,000 American and 14,000 South Vietnamese soldiers clearing out NLF from the ‘Iron Triangle’ area 25 miles northwest of Saigon. The NLF chooses not to fight and instead melts away into the surrounding area and into Cambodia. Americans uncover an extensive network of tunnels and for the first time use ‘tunnel rats,’ the nickname given to specially trained volunteers who explore the maze of tunnels. In an attempt to permanently destroy the Iron Triangle as an NLF stronghold, Operation Cedar Falls also entailed the complete deportation of the region’s civilian population to so-called “New Life Villages” (or strategic hamlets), the destruction of their homes, as well as the defoliation of whole areas. After the American and South Vietnamese troops leave the area, the NLF returns and rebuild their sanctuary. This pattern is repeated throughout the war as Americans utilize ‘in-and-out’ tactics in which troops arrive by helicopters, secure an area, and then depart by helicopters.
January 10 U.N. Secretary-General U Thant expresses doubts that Vietnam is essential to the security of the West.
During his State of the Union address before Congress, President Johnson once again declares, “We will stand firm in Vietnam.”
January 14 20,000–30,000 people staged a “Human Be-In” in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco near
the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.
January 23 Senator J. William Fulbright publishes The Arrogance of Power a book critical of American war policy in Vietnam advocating direct peace talks between the South Vietnamese government and the NLF. By this time, Fulbright and President Johnson are no longer on speaking terms. Instead, the President uses the news media to deride Fulbright, Robert Kennedy, and a growing number of critics in Congress as “nervous Nellies” and “sunshine patriots.”
January 26 “We Won’t Go” (to serve in Vietnam) petition in The Stanford Daily sponsored by the Stanford Anti-Draft Union. By the end of 1967, at least 3,000 sign various “We Won’t Go” petitions.