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Bloviating Zeppelin: The Way We Get By

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Way We Get By

Thanks to Wordsmith for his post illuminating this film. Please watch the trailer:

From the movie website:

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.

See the film if you can. Even request a showing. You can purchase the DVD on the website.

I was staggered; simply staggered. This cuts way too close, too very damned close to home in my life right now. But I'll still see it.



Blogger Z said...

the trailer's almost too much to watch.
I hate that so many elderly people are ignored and pushed away.
What a story, BZ......they should show this to high school students.

thanks. z

Sun Jun 28, 08:38:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Hell, I had a hard enough time just watching the trailer, much less the entire film. But, like you, I believe it absolutely needs to be seen on BOTH of those levels.


Sun Jun 28, 10:24:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Rustmeister said...

They greeted us when we came back from Desert Storm. We had been held in country for months after the war was over, all the hoopla had died down. We didn't expect anything like what we got. We didn't expect anything at all.

They really made our day.

They already had my eternal gratitude and respect, even moreso after watching this.

Mon Jun 29, 08:03:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

And THANK YOU for your service, Rustmeister!


Mon Jun 29, 08:13:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Rivka said...

I agree. Great story and more of us need to do this for our troops. I too agree with 'Z' regarding the elderly.

Mon Jun 29, 04:20:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Rivka said...

Thanks SO MUCH for your service to our country!

Mon Jun 29, 04:21:00 PM PDT  

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