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."
September 1 North Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Van Dong publicly states Hanoi will “continue to fight.”
September 3 National elections are held in South Vietnam. With a claimed 80 percent of eligible voters participating, Nguyen Van Thieu (Nguyễn Văn Thiệu) is elected President with Nguyen Cao Ky (Nguyễn Cao Kỳ) as his Vice-President, the pair winning just 35 percent of the vote.
September 10-October 31 U.S. Marines are besieged by PAVN at Con Thien (Cồn Tiên) located two miles south of the Demilitarized Zone. A massive long-range artillery duel then erupts between PAVN and U.S. guns during the siege as PAVN fire 42,000 rounds at the Marines while the U.S. responds with 281,000 rounds and B-52 air strikes to lift the siege. PAVN losses are estimated at over 2000. In an attempt to secure Hill 88 on September 10, the 26th Marines suffered 300 (40%) casualties, including 37 KIA.
September 21 Operation Kingfisher aimed to destroy PAVN forces south of the DMZ; 2nd Battalion, 4th marines began a “search and destroy” mission; withdrawn after a day of intense fighting with 90th PAVN regiment. American losses are 16-34 KIA (15 bodies left behind) and 118 wounded.