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