How to Die in Oregon

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NR, 107 minutes


2011 | Peter Richardson | USA | English | CC not available | 107 min | NR

Hosted by the Champaign Compassion & Choices Action Team in partnership with Compassion & Choices, Final Options Illinois, and ACLU of Illinois. A discussion will follow the film.

In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize medical aid in dying. 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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