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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.…
Near Death - The Intensive Care Unit at a Boston Hospital
NEAR DEATH is a film about the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital. The film is concerned with how people face death. More specifically the film presents the complex interrelationships among patients, families, doctors, nurses, hospital staff…
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 - 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.…
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.…
Seven Songs for a Long Life - Our Changing Relationship with Death
Following six hospice patients, SEVEN SONGS FOR A LONG LIFE leads us through our changing relationship with fatal disease--with a funny, touching, and musical lens. Thanks to innovations in medicine, one can now live for years, rather than months, after…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
Praying with Lior
Winner of multiple awards, PRAYING WITH LIOR asks whether someone with Down syndrome can be a "spiritual genius." Many believe Lior is close to God - at least that's what his family and community believe. He is also a burden,…
Dream Deceivers
On December 23, 1985, Raymond Belknap and James Vance--two young men in Reno, Nevada--put shotguns to their heads after drinking and smoking marijuana as they listened to the rock group Judas Priest. Belknap shot himself fatally, while Vance was grossly…
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…
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…
The Immortalists: Is Eternal Life Possible?
The Immortalists follows two biomedical scientists seeking to radically extend human longevity through regenerative medicine. But not without controversy and concern. Bill Andrews is a molecular biologist and famed long-distance runner now racing against the ultimate clock. "Hundreds of years…
Father's Day
Haunted by his inability to prevent his father's death at age 17, the making of this film came to span twenty years as Lipman tried to construct an image of his father from relatives' memories and psychiatric records unearthed from…
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…
Our Brother James
Australia has one of the highest youth suicide rates in the world. The suicide rate in men under twenty-five has tripled in the last thirty years, and young men in rural and remote communities are particularly vulnerable. This reality has…
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…