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The short documentary “Junk Mail” offers a glimpse into the world of 98-year-old Mary who lives by herself in Pennsylvania. The powerful snapshot of senior isolation was shot by video production group Voyager.

“Do you enjoy living here?” the interviewer asks Mary.

“You know, I don’t mind. What am I going to do? Where could I go? I’m by myself. I can’t see. I can’t hear. I can’t live with my nieces. They all have their own family,” she says.

So she goes to the local senior center, which she enjoys. And when she comes home, she rips her junk mail into little pieces. “Don’t laugh,” she says. “I have to do something. Otherwise, go nuts!”

The video was picked up by the Atlantic and was one of Vimeo’s staff picks. People from around the world have been sending the video producers letters to give to Mary, which they plan to deliver soon.

To see more work by Voyager, check out its Facebook page and behind-the-scenes footage here:

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Erin Rhoda

Erin Rhoda is the editor of Maine Focus, a team that conducts journalism investigations and projects at the Bangor Daily News. She also writes for the newspaper, often centering her work on domestic and...