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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…
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.…
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.…
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,…
Still Loved - Families Surviving the Loss of a Child
This moving documentary explores the complexity and reality for families surviving baby loss. Giving an unexpected voice to bereaved fathers, who speak candidly for the first time and offer a new level of insight into paternal loss, as well as…
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…
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…
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…
Billy Connolly's Big Send Off: Episode 1
Episode 1 of Billy Connolly's Big Send Off
BBC
Visiting his home town of Glasgow & different parts of the USA, Billy aims to get an insight into the rich variety of attitudes, beliefs, rituals & customs relating to death that are woven into different cultures.
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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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…
Tender - An Alternative Model for End of Life Care
Set against the stunning backdrop of the industrial seaside town of Port Kembla, a feisty and resilient community group have determined to take back the responsibility that most of us leave to someone else - to care for their own…
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…
2 videos
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…
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.
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…
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…