'The Way We Get By' The Story of Three Bangor-Area Troop Greeters
"This inspirational story...will shatter the stereotypes of senior citizens today. Growing old will never be the same." - CIFF
Documentary films will take center stage during the fourth annual Camden International Film Festival, September 25-28 in Camden, Rockport and Rockland. CIFF leads the weekend event with the debut of “The Way We Get By,” a documentary by Aaron Gaudet of the Maine U.S. troop greeters in Bangor, Maine.
Although Presidents George W. Bush and William Clinton have greeted troops at the Bangor International Airport, it is the handshakes of three Mainers who have greeted every troop flight to land or depart from Bangor since the start of the Iraq War that contiues to capture the hearts of service personnel. The stories of the greeters, and how the face the challenges of patriotism and aging, will be told in a 100-minute documentary, "The Way We Get By."
The documentary has been celebrated as "a raw and intimate look into the lives of three senior citizens in Maine, who have greeted troops at the Bangor International Airport, 24 hours a day for the past five years,” by CIFF directors.
According to the film’s director, the senior citizens face issues common to the nation's ever-growing population of senior citizens, yet Bill Knight, Joan Gaudet, and Jerry Mundy find the strength to overcome their own personal battles and transform their lives in a story woven around greeting troops as they return or are deployed overseas.
“This inspirational story of three troop greeters will shatter the stereotypes of senior citizens today. Growing old will never be the same,” according to CIFF directors.
Twenty five documentaries will be screened throughout the weekend. For a complete list and ticket information visit the CIFF website.