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How to Die in Oregon

Win­ner of Best Doc­u­men­tary at 2011 Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val, 2011 Port­land Inter­na­tion­al Film Fes­ti­val and 2011 Ash­land Inde­pen­dent Film Festival

How to Die in Ore­gon (direct­ed by Peter Richard­son) deals with con­tro­ver­sial end-of-life issues. The film gen­tly enters the lives of ter­mi­nal­ly ill Ore­go­ni­ans — plus their fam­i­lies, doc­tors and friends — as they decide whether and when to end their life under the state’s Death with Dig­ni­ty Law. What emerges is a com­plex, poignant and deeply mov­ing por­trait of what it means to die at the time and cir­cum­stance of one’s own choos­ing. In 1994 Ore­gon became the first state to pass a law of this nature, and Wash­ing­ton vot­ers did the same in 2008. In these states, as well as in Ver­mont, any indi­vid­ual whom two physi­cians diag­nose as hav­ing few­er than six months to live can law­ful­ly request and receive a pre­scrip­tion med­ica­tion to has­ten their death. Richard­son exam­ines both sides of this com­plex, emo­tion­al­ly charged issue, and what emerges is a life-affirm­ing, stag­ger­ing­ly pow­er­ful por­trait of what it means to die with dignity.

Released in 2011
Run­ning time: 108 minutes

12:15 pm on Fri., Nov. 6th at Fri­day Har­bor House
10:00 am on Sun., Nov. 8th at Fri­day Har­bor House