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The Way We Get By: Discussion Guide

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The Way We Get By shatters stereotypes, examines how community involvement improves the lives of the elderly and provides a portrait of the benefits and limitations of life in a small town. As an outreach tool, the film transcends partisan political debates while raising important public policy issues related to health care, war and veterans affairs. Ultimately, it reminds viewers of the tremendous power of simple acts of human kindness.

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Film Information

The Way We Get By (90 min.)

Premiere Date: November 11, 2009

Encore Broadcast Date: Aug. 3, 2010

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmaker: Aron Gaudet Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Critical Acclaim | Fact Sheet | Filmmaker Statement | Veterans Day Broadcast


Aron Gaudet
Aron Gaudet

It's really a personal story not a political one. That goes for the greeters themselves as well. They have different views on the war, but their main goal is to support the troops.”

— Aron Gaudet, Filmmaker


Film Update

Critical Acclaim

The Way We Get By is about three people, not about military or political combat. It strikes a deep, rich vein of emotion that flows through America's elderly, and it should be required viewing for those who think they know exactly what America is about. . . . The Way We Get By is as much art as it is documentary.”

— Dan Zak,
Washington Post

The Way We Get By is an Iraq War documentary, albeit in the loosest sense ... a lovely, uncondescending look at three lives enriched by kindness.”

— Eugene Novikov,

The dignity and integrity of these people will stir even the coldest heart.”

— Robyn Hillman-Harrigan,
The Huffington Post

[P]layed out against a backdrop of small acts of generosity and empathy, and small, fleeting dramas at Bangor's airport ... it's about the universal struggles of growing old.”

— Linda Matchan,
The Boston Globe

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