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. 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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February 15, 2012 353 1Add
How to Die in Oregon 2012-04-16 21:37:02 Julie Clayton
This 2011 documentary film about the Oregon Death with Dignity Act won the Grand Jury prize for documentary film at the 27th Sundance Film Festival. Although a documentary, it is far from dry, and neither will you remain dry-eyed while watching it. But this is hardly surprising given that it addresses the highly emotional subject of death and dying, and the emotionally-charged beliefs around the right to choose a dignified death when faced with a terminal diagnosis.
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