One of the highlights of Vietnam Veterans of America’s last National Leadership Conference, in July 2008 in Greenville, South Carolina, was the screening of the stirring documentary The Way We Get By presented by the filmmakers, Gita Pullapilly and Aron Gaudet.
The film, which will have its national broadcast premier on Wednesday, November 11 (Veterans Day) at 9:00 p.m. on PBS’s always-excellent documentary series POV , looks at three people in Bangor, Maine, (Bill Knight, Joan Gaudet, and Jerry Mundy, below) who greet American troops flying to and from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Since its showing in Greenville the film has received rave reviews and won many film festival awards. You can see a streaming video trailer, an interview with the filmmakers, as well as a list of related websites, organizations and books, lesson plans, and discussion guides at http://www.pbs.org/pov/waywegetby/ and www.pbs.org/pov
The Way We Get By will be available for sale on DVD at www.thewaywegetbymovie.com beginning Nov. 3. The price is $19.99.