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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.…
Into The Night - Portraits Of Life And Death
We don't know how. We don't know when. But death comes for us all. To be human is to wrestle with this truth and with the great unanswered question: How do we live with death in our eye? We can…
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 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…
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.…
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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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…
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…
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…
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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Dying at Grace
An extraordinary, transformative experience, Allan King's 2003 documentary 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 empathetic…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.…