P.O.V. | Documentaries wia a point of view

by Aron Gaudet
Watch the film at pbs.org/pov/waywegetby/watch
Available Online on the PBS Video Player
November 12 - December 12, 2009
On call 24 hours a day for the past five years, a group of senior citizens has made history by greeting nearly 900,000 American troops at a tiny airport in Bangor, Maine. The Way We Get By is an intimate look at three of these greeters as they confront the universal losses that come with aging and rediscover their reason for living. Bill Knight, Jerry Mundy and Joan Gaudet find the strength to overcome their personal battles and transform their lives through service. This inspirational and surprising story shatters the stereotypes of today's senior citizens as the greeters redefine the meaning of community. A co-production of Dungby Productions and ITVS in association with WGBH and Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN) with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).
Visit the P.O.V. website to find volunteering opportunities, read a Q&A with Joan, Jerry and Bill, watch the filmmaker interview and get an update on what has happened since filming ended.
Visit the P.O.V. website at www.pbs.org/pov/waywegetby to share your thoughts about The Way We Get By.
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The Way We Get By will be streaming online November 12, 2009 to December 11, 2009.

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