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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 Life Equation - Global Health in an Era of Big Data
What if there were an algorithm for saving the most lives? In Guatemala, Crecencia Buch, an impoverished Mayan woman, is battling cancer. Her life depends on decisions made by doctors and donors, decisions increasingly driven by Big Data. It's a…
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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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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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…
The Suicide Plan
Part of the Series: Frontline
PBS
You have an incurable illness, you want to die, and you want help dying - what can you do? People who are terminally ill and live in Oregon or Washington can openly ask a doctor for help, but in the…
Edge of Life
BBC
Louis visits LA's most famous hospital, the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in West Hollywood, where he meets patients battling for their lives against serious illnesses. America spends a huge amount on health care and a hefty proportion goes on end of…
The End of Life
Part of the Series: Human Body Series
BBC
This episode looks at death and follows Herbie on his final journey as he slowly succumbs to cancer.
Life Asked Death - Developing Palliative Care in Asia
Life asked Death, "Why do people love me but hate you?" Death responded, "Because you are a beautiful lie and I'm a painful truth." The developing world represents over 80 percent of the world's population. People living in these countries…
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…
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…
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…
Facing Death…With Open Eyes
Part of the Series: Secrets of Life and Death Series
Stunned by the loss of both her parents and by the lack of cultural dialogue, the filmmaker turns the camera on herself and four wise souls to explore the personal and spiritual possibilities of facing death with open eyes. People…
The Heart of Grieving
Part of the Series: Secrets of Life and Death Series
Against the backdrop of San Francisco's Day of the Dead, the arduous, and at times ecstatic, process of grieving is revealed in the stories of four people. People in the film: Marcia Fields: Drawing strengths from Buddhism and other spiritual…
On Borrowed Time - A Dying Man's Reflection on Life and Death
In early 2009, Paul was diagnosed with liver cancer and given six months to live. Bradbury picked up his story in mid 2009. Paul had little chance to live given Australia's poor track record for organ donation and Paul's rare…
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…
Filming My Father - In Life and Death
BBC
Four and half years in the making, using an innovative approach to capture scenes that would otherwise have been impossible to film. This deeply personal and emotional documentary charts the story of one remarkable man, Steve Isaac, from the moment…
Still Breathing
Rob Fraser always knew his life would be condensed. That's what comes with having cystic fibrosis. Rob calculates his age in dog years. He looks like a healthy bloke but now at 33, Rob's really an old man of 99.…
Caring for Dying: The Art of Being Present
Part of the Series: Secrets of Life and Death Series
Searching for people gifted in the art of caregiving, the filmmaker discovers, more than a primer for success, a recipe for forgiveness. People in the film: Marcia Fields: Marcia is just getting to know Rick when he is diagnosed with…