Our good friends from the award-winning documentary THE WAY WE GET BY are extending a special USO discount, just in time for the 4th of July. Simply visit the online store and enter code USO 25 to receive 25% off your purchase of the film!
In case you’re not yet familiar with TWWGB, here’s a brief synopsis: “Beginning as a seemingly idiosyncratic story about troop greeters - a group of senior citizens who gather daily at a small airport to thank American soldiers departing and returning from Iraq, the film quickly turns into a moving, unsettling and compassionate story about aging, loneliness, war and mortality.
When its three subjects aren’t at the airport, they wrestle with their own problems: failing health, depression, mounting debt. Joan, a grandmother of eight, has a deep connection to the soldiers she meets. The sanguine Jerry keeps his spirits up even as his personal problems mount. And the veteran Bill, who clearly has trouble taking care of himself, finds himself contemplating his own death. Seeking out the telling detail rather than offering sweeping generalizations, the film carefully builds stories of heartbreak and redemption, reminding us how our culture casts our elders, and too often our soldiers, aside. More important, regardless of your politics, "The Way We Get By” celebrates three unsung heroes who share their love with strangers who need and deserve it.“
If you live in the DC area, be sure to meet filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly as they discuss the story behind the film and its online companion piece, the Returning Home Project at the AFI Silver Docs Festival. They’ll be at the Cafritz Auditorium at 3:30 on Tuesday, June 22nd. Can’t make it to DC? Then check out iTunes, where the film also continues to enjoy a run as one of the Top 10 documentary rentals!
We love the story of these Maine troop greeters and know that what they do is replicated in airports all over the world wherever there are Troops leaving or coming back. Let us know what you think of the film, and enjoy a special bonus scene below!
At the end of THE WAY WE GET BY, Joan’s granddaughter Amy deploys to Iraq– in January 2008 with her Maine National Guard unit. Watch this bonus scene shot in January 2009 at the Bangor International Airport.
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