HOW TO DIE IN OREGON
An Intelligent, sincere film about a perennially debated topic, this is highly recommended.”
P.Hall, Video Librarian Magazine
This film is extraordinarily authentic. It very much captures the difficult and personal decision of terminally ill individuals who pursue physician assisted death. My students were very moved by this presentation.”
Dr. Linda Ganzini, MD, MPH Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University
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Subjects: Cancer, Death and Dying, Documentary, Medical Studies, Sundance Selection
Sundance Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
HotDocs, Top 10 Audience Favorite
SXSW, Official Selection
In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. As a result, any individual whom two physicians diagnose as having less than six months to live can lawfully request a fatal dose of barbiturate to end his or her life. In “How to Die in Oregon”, filmmaker Peter Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether – and when – to end their lives by lethal overdose.
With profound intimacy and unprecedented access to patients, doctors, social workers and historical figures, "How to Die in Oregon" examines one of the foremost medical, ethical, and legal issues of our time. The film offers educators, students and academics invaluable insight into this unique law.