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The Hemlock Society of San Diego
Right to Die Film Festival

Over the years we have brought you (or brought you to) outstanding movies and documentaries dealing with the problems associated with the search for a peaceful death.

Our films are shown every other month, usually the third Sunday of the month, at various libraries around San Diego County. See our homepage for information on upcoming films in our Right to Die Film Festival.

2017

4/9/17 Critical Care
A 1997 film directed by Sidney Lumet. It is a satire about American medicine and keeping patients alive, including the role of insurance. Our movies don't usually make you laugh but this one should. R rated ! The film is about a doctor who finds himself involved in a fight with two half sisters over the care of their ailing father. With Helen Mirren, Anne Bancroft, and Albert Brooks !

2/19/17 Still Alice
The story of a young professor who develops early onset Alzheimer's. What would you do? How would your family react? What if you could no longer keep your job? Would you try to take your life? How? How can you make sure it would work?

2016

12/18/16 Amour
What happens to an older couple when one gets sick and the other tries to be the caregiver. AMOUR is an award winning French film showing the course of desperation and helplessness that leads to a startling climax.

10/16/16 Live and Let Go: An American Death
Independent, patriotic, realistic, optimistic, terminally ill Sam Niver plans and executes his own death — with the help of his two adult children.

8/21/16 Okuribito (Departures)
A sensitive award-winning Japanese film about a young man who stumbled across a job working as a Japanese ritual mortician. Shunned by his wife and friends for working with death, they changed their minds when they realize the beauty and dignity he brings to the dead and the comfort he provides their loved ones.

6/19/16 Harold and Maude
1971 dark comedy film classic: Harold, obsessed with death, meets the 79-year-old carefree Maude.

4/17/16 Honey (Miele)
An Italian film about a young woman who helps people die.
What happens when her guidelines are violated? How does this occupation affect her life? Are there other “Honeys” around? Should there be?

2/21/16 How to Die in Oregon
How terminally ill persons, their family, and friends consider whether and when to take a lethal medication overdose as allowed in Oregon since 1997 and soon to be available in California through the End of Life Option Act. Winner of Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. Presented by the Hemlock Society of San Diego.

2015

12/19/15 Being Mortal
Based on the best-selling book by Dr. Atul Gawande, this documentary shows him meeting with colleagues and patients to discuss treatment choices at the end of life. Up-close and even better than the book!

10/18/15 The Farewell Pary (Israel)
(Residents of a retirement community figure out how to help their fellow retirees who are suffering a bad death.)

8/16/16 La Grande Bouffe (The Big Feast)  In this 1973 award-winning French-Italian film with Marcello Mastroianni, four gourmet friends rent a chateau. If you ever thought about how it would be to eat yourself to death, this will amuse and entertain you.

6/14/15 37: A Final Promise - A boy helps his brother die and makes a vow to himself to end his own life at 37— until he falls in love with a woman with ALS who needs his help. Based on the novel, How Angel's Die, by British musician, Guy Blews.

4/19/15 Guzaarish - A beautiful woman, a handsome charming magician who is also a quadriplegic—in a beautiful house with wonderful music. But he wants to die —and the court denies him. A love story with a bittersweet ending.

2/22/15 The Sea Inside - Xavier Barden (A Spanish film about a quadriplegic man who gets help to die from a Spanish RTD group)

2014

12/21/14 One True Thing - Meryl Streep and Renee Zelwegger
(Cancer patient dies from an overdose. Who did it?)

8/16/14 Dying Wish
(Documentary of a doctor dying by stopping eating and drinking)

6/22/14 How to Die in Oregon
(Documentary about people using the Oregon Death with Dignity Law)

2/16/14 A Short Stay in Switzerland
(Fictional account of a true story of a doctor going to Dignitas to die)

2013

12/12/13 The Suicide Plan
(Frontline account about Final Exit Network and other RTD activities)

10/26/13 The Barbarian Invasions
(Canadian fictional account of a disagreeable man who dies peacefully)

8/11/13 Whose Life Is It Anyway? - Richard Dreyfuss
(Classic movie of a quadriplegic who wants treatment removed)

2/3/13 Grace Quigley - Katherine Hepburn and Nick Nolte
(Old lady finds a reluctant hit man to help her older friends die)

1/27/13 Amour (shown at a movie theater)
(An older man caring for his wife who has repeated strokes)

1/20/13 Right of Way - Bette Davis and Jimmy Stewart
(An older couple want to die together despite daughter's protestations)

2012

8/18/12 How to Die in Oregon
(Documentary about people using the Oregon Death with Dignity Law)

10/27/12 A Short Stay in Switzerland
(Fictional account of a true story of a doctor going to Dignitas to die)

5/13/12 How to Die in Oregon
(Documentary about people using the Oregon Death with Dignity Law)

1/15/12 A Short Stay in Switzerland
(Fictional account of a true story of a doctor going to Dignitas to die)

2011

6/11/11 Shaking Hands with Death
(Speech given by British author, Terry Pratchett, about his dementia)


4/23/11 You Don't Know Jack - Al Pacino and John Goodman
(TV movie about Jack Kevorkian and his crusade to provide a peaceful death)

2010

1/10/10 Mademoiselle and the Doctor (80 year old healthy woman wants to die)

2009

1/10/09 The Suicide Tourist
(Documentary about an ALS patient who goes to Dignitas)

and more....

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