First They Came for…Screens at South Bend

The powerful human-rights inspired film by Kate Chaplin will be showcased at the 7th Annual Indiana University of South Bend Independent Video and Filmmakers Festival (


Joe Shearer from calls First They Came for… “A film with classic themes with a lot of relevance today.” He goes on to say, “It’s a very American film, touching on themes of justice, universal freedom from harassment, oppression and imprisonment…”


Inspired by the poem by Reverend Martin Niemoller of the same name, First They Came for… is set in a not so distant future where a nondescript regime takes away innocent people while one man struggles between standing up for what’s right and saving himself. 


Picked as an Official Selection at the Indiana Festival of Independent Film and The Really Big Film Festival, writer/director Kate Chaplin is extremely excited to share her film with students from IUSB. “I found in my research that many educators use this poem when talking about human rights, whether it was under the lesson plan of civil rights, woman’s rights, or Holocaust remembrance.” Chaplin was a visual learner in school and wanted to take on the task of taking a powerful message and translate it to the screen so that another generation could perhaps learn visually from its powerful message that indifference is not the answer.


ABOUT THE FILM MAKER: Named a “Naptown notable resident” by as well as one of the “most talented writers around today” by the Writer’s Page, Kate Chaplin is an award-winning author and filmmaker whose projects have appeared on MTV, local television, film festivals, in print and online. She is the author of The Belief Test and the writer/director of short films such as LOSS and First They Came for… She is the President of the Indy Writers’ Group and a proud mother of two beautiful girls. Kate proudly resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts is proud to sponsor the 7th Annual IU South Bend Independent Video & Filmmakers Festival to be held on the IU South Bend campus in Wiekamp Hall, 1001 and 1135, on Friday, April 18 at 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. It is the only independent film festival of its kind in Northern Indiana and boasts over 30 films from the local area, the Midwest, and beyond including New York, California, Spain, Japan and Canada. and


For more information about First They Came for, future Karmic Courage Productions, or to schedule an interview, contact Kate Chaplin at 317-833-8861 or karmiccourage(AT)



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