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A woman’s journey to — and across — the soul-destroying chasm between veterans and others.


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.


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.

Is Anbody Listening: The Song

Click above to hear the theme song for the film and for The Welcome Johnny and Jane Home Project. Like the film, the song is called “Is Anybody Listening?” Lyrics ©2014 by Paula J. Caplan & Patricia Lee Stotter, music ©2014 by Patricia Lee Stotter & Tim Leitch
“Is Anybody Listening?” film is available on DVD for individual use and for screenings in your area.