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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. Since 1994, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands.
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. At the heart of the film are the patients themselves, their families and friends, as they grapple with the legal option they are allowed in Oregon. Through their stories, Richardson examines both sides of this complex, emotionally charged issue. What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity.
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At Sundance, there are buzz movies, and then there are the ones that everyone clears a space around and discusses in hushed tones. HOW TO DIE IN OREGON is one of those. --The Boston Globe
Aptly harrowing, but inspiring as well…exquisite. --Variety
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The film displays an even hand in tackling a complicated issue. The Death With Dignity Act is a progressive policy that permits doctors to prescribe a treatment that allows a patient the means to end their own life should their medical status become unbearable. It is not considered assisted suicide (which put Jack Kevorkian in jail) as the subjects must be able to physically accomplish the deed without someone administering it to them. The film introduces advocates, volunteers, and patients of varying positions and viewpoints. Some opt to go through with Death With Dignity, some do not, some become incapacitated and are unable to do so. Richardson has intimate access to these subjects but the film always seems respectful of what it is showing us.Read more ›
There is no fanfare in death and dying and the issue in this film is not treated with drama and stigma. Much a part of living, death is dealt with lovingly and respectfully. Those individuals featured in "How to Die in Oregon" who let us into the most intimate parts and decisions of their lives (especially Cody Curtis) leave us understanding quality of life just a little bit better.
Whether you believe in Oregon's historic "Death with Dignity Act" or flatly oppose it ... watch this film to gain a little more empathy and understanding. It is my hope that this film is watched, discussed and embraced by more people. This is an issue that needs to be broached more than ever these days as medical advances continue that allow for length of life without true quality.
5 stars for a very touching, thoughtful an poignant film.
The poignance of Cody Curtis's story in this excellent documentary, and of the wife of a husband with ALS, moved me to tears. This shows the first hand struggles and humanity of real people facing death.
I appreciate the continued efforts that Oregonians have made to stay dedicated to human rights and encourage everyone to see this film.
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A very serious look at Oregon's Death with Dignity law. I feel this movie changed my partner's view. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Heidi Ambrose
Seems like she got lost on this one. The book really could have been half as long.Published 1 month ago by kharmadog
This documentary is incredibly touching. It's very sad and difficult to get through but also very inspiring and heartfelt. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Colette Gabrielle
Very touching and educational... will not forget it, and am telling all my friends to see it!Published 1 month ago by CAROL CARLSON
This is a wonderful moving documentary. If you're curious about the Aid in Dying movement, this is the documentary for you.Published 1 month ago by Jillian
As a Christian, I had mixed feelings at the beginning of documentary, but in the End, the End belongs to the individual, under Inalienable Rights of our Constitution. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JustBill