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Take Me Out Feet First

A two-season documentary series telling the stories of terminally ill people who want the right to choose medical aid in dying (MAID) in the USA.

The conversations about the end of life are hard and often just a whisper. In her seminal two-season docu-series “Take Me Out Feet First”, Filmmaker Serene Meshel-Dillman invites viewers into the decision-making process that terminally patients make about their end-of-life choices. The first Episode chronicles her own parents’ paths to embracing their own right to exit on their own terms and timeline.

Link to the website of the documentary series


Dignitas

Music & video and vocals & instruments by Michael Blake
from his album “Out of the blue”

Link to the music video on Youtube


A Time to Die

This film tells the stories of people who want the right to die at a time of their choosing.
And why some say that’s an option they must not have.

Link to the website of Truevision


In My Own Time

This documentary film looks at what it means to die on one’s own terms. Using first-hand accounts from people across Canada, this film will offer perspectives on medical assistance in dying (MAID) less commonly seen in media reports and present an opportunity to educate people on end-of-life choice in Canada.

Link to the film website and trailer


Addicted to Life

As Paralympic champion Marieke Vervoort’s health deteriorates, she determines to end her suffering and life by assisted dying with the help of her doctors. Liberated by the Netherland’s legal choice to end life self-determinedly, Marieke rediscovers the freedom and thrill of living and competing. Her acceptance of death becomes an affirmation of life.

Link to the trailer

Film website


DIGNITY

Dignity delves into the intersection of death, grief, guilt, and self-determination, presenting a mother and daughter abruptly forced across the precipice of loss, who confront their most difficult emotions — and each other — as they attempt to find a way forward after the passing of a loved one.

Illuminating the complex topic of medically assisted suicide within an isolated bubble in time, Dignity places the audience as a voyeur to intensely raw conversations. Where the presence of loss is felt like a ghost in the room, the film insists on bringing the viewer closer until they too must reconcile the conflicting perspectives within themselves, even ones they would rather not face.

A Capilano University Student Film, School of Motion Pictures Arts, Vancouver, Canada

Link to Youtube


La Dignitat

This short movie by David Gonzàlez shows the moments that a wife, a son and a daughter had to wonder the streets in total sadness while the husband/father was taking a lethal dose to end his suffering self-determinedly. He had to do so in total solitude. They had to leave him alone in his apartment and be physically far, so they wouldn’t be in trouble with the law. (Link)

The movie bases on the true story of José Antonio

Link to Youtube


It's not about dying

In this TEDx talk, Professor of palliative care Gian Domenico Borasio reflects on the fact that we will die is the only certainty that we have in life; looking back on their lives, dying patients share their insights with us and thus teach us how to live. All we need to do is to listen.

Link to the video portal Youtube


My Own Choice

What would you do if you suffered from a debilitating illness that left you in constant and severe pain? What would you do if the only way you could find relief was to take heavy duty pain killers that also impacted heavily on your physical health? After 36 years struggling with that situation, Jay says he's had enough and he wants to end his own life. Because assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia are not permitted in his home country Australia he is forced to apply to an organisation in a foreign country to fulfil his wish.

Link to the Website of ABC - Four Corners


One Day At A Time With MND

This film tells part of the story of the last few weeks of John Close's life with MND - Motor Neurone Disease. It shows some of John's daily activities, the routine John went through every morning to try to alleviate his terrible constipation, etc. The film also shows his journey to DIGNITAS - To live with dignity - To die with dignity where he died on on 26 May 2003.

Link to the video portal Youtube

Visit the website which records and celebrates John’s life and his music (Link)


How to Die in Oregon

This film follows several terminally-ill Oregon residents who make use of Oregon’s ‘Death with Dignity Act’, that state’s aid-in-dying law, and includes scenes from the 2008 campaign to establish a similar law in Washington State which successfully lead to the Washington Death with Dignity Act passed on November 4, 2008.

Link to the website of the film



Debate in Warsaw, Poland, 12 May 2015: „Eutanazja Powinna Zostać Zalegalizowana” with Prof. Tadeusz Bartoś, Maria Czubaszek, Dr. Kamil Sipowicz, Prof. Bogdan Chazan, John Godson and Łukasz P. Skurczyński. Moderator: Grzegorz Nawrocki. Presented by the Oxbridge Society of Poland

Link to the video of the debate


The Cambridge Union Society – This House Would Legalise ‘Assisted Dying’

In this debate on 16 January 2014, the Union asks whether legalising assisted dying is moral, and whether sanctity or quality of life should be prioritised. The speakers in favour of freedom of choice in “last matters” win the debate by a clear 207 to 67 votes (with 54 abstaining). When will UK politicians listen?

Link to the video portal Youtube


Choosing To Die

British author Sir Terry Pratchett's emotional documentary on the right to take his own life

Link to the video portal of Top Documentary Films


Right do Die? / The Suicide Tourist

Oscar®-winning Director John Zaritsky’s empathetic documentary on the right to choose time and place of ones own end of life

Links to the video portal YouTube:

Link to the documentary shorted TV-version

Interview with John Zaritsky and excerpts from the documentary


Dignitas - la mort sur ordonnance

Documentary by TSR, Swiss (French part) TV, on DIGNITAS and the journey of French author Michèle Causse to her accompanied suicide (original French tone)

Link to the video portal of TSR

The documentary received an international award (category documentary), the “Prix du documentaire” at the European Festival of Journalism in Lille, France
www.festivalscoop.com link “Palmarès”


This is the End – Documentaries & Films

A website created by our colleagues of the Dutch organisation NVVE - Nederlandse Vereniging voor een Vrijwillig Levenseinde, comprising a large collection of docu- mentaries and films from all over the world. (Link)


Suicidio Assistito

Documentary by Current TV and Edoardo Anselmi; with Mina und Piergiorgio Welby, Emilio Coveri of the Italian Right-to-Die-Association EXIT-Italia, Robert Dawson, Ludwig A. Minelli of DIGNITAS, and many more (original Italian tone)

Link to the video portal of sky.it


A short stay in Switzerland

Movie inspired by the life and death of Dr. Anne Turner, produced by the BBC

Links to the video portal YouTube:

part 1 | part 2 | part 3 | part 4 | part 5 | part 6 | part 7 | part 8 | part 9


Is Suicide a Right? - Simon Critchley

Simon Critchley, Professor of Philosophy at The New School, New York, on the question whether suicide is a right

Link to the video portal YouTube


Terry Pratchett on assisted dying

British author Sir Terry Pratchett speaks to the British Humanist Association about assisted dying

Link to the video portal YouTube

 

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