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."
May 1968 – FBI’s COINTELPRO campaign launches against the New Left.
May 1 – Air force sentences George B. Edwards to a year at hard labor and a dishonorable discharge for refusal of orders to Vietnam.
May 5 – The NLF launches “Mini Tet,” a series of rocket and mortar attacks against Saigon and 119 cities and military installations throughout South Vietnam. The U.S. responds with air strikes using napalm and high explosives.
May 10 – Peace talks between US and the DRV open in Paris. The DRV wants a halt to all American bombing missions over their country and the participation of the NLF in a coalition government in the South, while the Americans insist on a de-escalation of NLF activities in South Vietnam as well as the withdrawal of NVA (or PVAN or VPA) troops from the South. This marks the beginning of five years of on-again off-again official talks between the U.S. and North Vietnam in Paris.
May 10 – An NVA battalion attacks the Special Forces camp at Kham Duc along the border of Laos. The isolated camp had been established in 1963 to monitor North Vietnamese infiltration. Now encircled by the NVA, the decision is made to evacuate via C-130 transport planes.
May 17 – The Cantonsville Nine, Catholic activists, enter the draft board in Catonsville, Maryland, take 378 draft files, brought them to the parking lot in wire baskets, dumped them out, poured home-made napalm over them, and set them on fire. The Nine are: Father Daniel Berrigan, a Jesuit priest, Philip Berrigan, a former Josephite priest, Br. David Darst, a De La Salle Christian Brother, John Hogan, Tom, an artist, Marjorie Bradford Melville, Thomas Melville, a former Maryknoll priest, George Mische, and Mary Moylan.
May 22 – [Fort Ord] Ken Stolte and Dan Amick are convicted after a 3-day general court martial. The charges against them are “attempting to conspire” to commit an offense and engaging in acts prejudicial to the good order and discipline of the Army, including uttering disloyal statements with intent to arouse disloyalty and disaffection among the troops and civilian populace. They are sentenced to four years at hard labor and given dishonorable discharges.