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How to Die in Oregon
In 1994, Oregon became the first state in the U.S. to legalize physician aid-in-dying. At the time, only two countries (Switzerland and the Netherlands) permitted the practice, but more than 500 Oregonians have since ended their life using the law.…
Being Mortal
Part of the Series: Frontline
PBS
Frontline follows renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and shows how…
The Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic structure; a symbol of San Francisco, the West, freedom - and something more, something spiritual, something words cannot describe. Director Eric Steel and his crew spent an entire year focusing on the Bridge.…
Here One Day - A Family Copes with Mental Illness
When filmmaker Kathy Leichter moved back into her childhood home after her mother's suicide, she discovered a hidden box of audiotapes. Sixteen years passed before she had the courage to delve into this trove, unearthing details that her mother had…
The Life Equation - Big Data and Global Health
Big Data is being used to analyze and determine healthcare options and billions of people are affected. But what, and who, is lost in the number crunching? THE LIFE EQUATION introduces us to Jose, a new kind of health worker.…
Donated to Science - Donating Your Body to Medical School
This award winning film follows a group of medical students and their relationship with the cadavers they dissect. Throughout the film we follow a group of people who donate their bodies to the University of Otago Medical School for students…
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Death Makes Life Possible - Transforming the Fear of Death Into an Inspiration for Living
Death is something that most people fear and don't want to think about. But is it possible that facing our mortality can inspire us to live our lives more fully? Death Makes Life Possible follows cultural anthropologist and scientist Marilyn…
One Cut, One Life
When seminal documentarian Ed Pincus, considered the father of first person non-fiction film, is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he and collaborator Lucia Small team up to make one last film, much to the chagrin of Jane, Ed's wife of…
Stopping for Death - The Nurses of Wells Hospice
This film follows four people working a job few would desire: tending to the needs of the dying. They are nurses, but they are also therapists, entertainers, disciplinarians, and family to these patients. Filmed at one of the only full-time…
LIFE Before Death - The Global Crisis of Untreated Pain
LIFE Before Death is a multi-award winning social action documentary film series about the global crisis in untreated pain and the dramatic life-changing effects pain treatment and palliative care services can deliver to patients and their families. The film asks…
About Men - A Portrait of a Men's Support Group
Never before has a filmmaker been accepted into a men's group, where everything that is said in the room stays in the room. Never before has a woman filmed men expressing themselves in an emotionally risky manner. ABOUT MEN is…
A Good Death
In Dundedin Hospital staff are working to improve end of life treatment in pateints with COPD and other chronic conditions. Professor Robin Taylor wants to change the way that we care for people with long-term, but inevitably fatal medical conditions…
Dying at Grace
Part of the Series: Janus World Documentaries Collection
An extraordinary, transformative experience, Allan King's Dying at Grace is quite simply unprecedented: five terminally ill cancer patients allowed the director access to their final months and days inside the Toronto Grace Health Centre. The result is an unflinching, enormously…
You Will Not Have My Hate - A Man Rebuilds His Life After a Terrorist Attack
Based on the International Bestseller by Filmmaker Antoine Leiris Days after the murder of his wife in the 2015 Bataclan attacks, Antoine Leiris wrote an open letter on Facebook to his wife's killer. It was a letter of exceptional grace…
All in Her Stride - A Cancer Patient Advocates for Voluntary Euthanasia
Leverne McDonnell was an Australian actor who died in 2013 from pancreatic cancer. ALL IN HER STRIDE depicts elements of her life and documents her facing death, with her consideration of the topic of euthanasia. While voluntary euthanasia has been…
Death As Life - The Taboo of Dying
Shhh! Death is a taboo subject. Most of us do not want to discuss it. We tiptoe around it, try to circumvent it, or use euphemisms. Our loved ones did not die; they "passed away," "went to a better place,"…
Mortal - Changing Views on Life and Death
Mortal addresses the seismic shift in how the population is now viewing life and death. Reflecting the a paradigm shift that has the enormous baby boomer population deciding how they want to live the rest of their lives "Mortal" celebrates…
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The Choice of a Lifetime - Returning From the Brink of Suicide
Six people, ages 21 to 73, share the circumstances that led them to the brink of suicide, what stopped them, and the different ways each found to transform and heal their lives. A suicide attempt is made every minute in…
My Run - Running Marathons to Raise Awarness of Single Parents
After tragically losing his wife to breast cancer and struggling to raise three young children on his own, real life super hero and modern day Forrest Gump, Terry Hitchcock seized on an idea. He wanted to accomplish the impossible: run…
Griefwalker - Death Empowers us to Live
GRIEFWALKER is an extraordinary portrait of Harvard-trained theologian Stephen Jenkinson, who teaches that death empowers us to live and that we must know grief well in order to appreciate our own lives.