In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize PAS (physician-assisted suicide). If two physicians diagnose one patient as having less than six months to live, they can lawfully request a lethal injection to end their life. »How to Die in Oregon« is a very personal encounter with the lives of the terminally ill and their choice if—or when—to end their lives.

Cody Curtis, a 54-year-old wife and mother, has liver cancer and only a few months left to live. We follow her decisions about PAS during both the good and bad stages. We also get to know Nancy Niedzielski who tries to rally votes to get the same law passed in Washington and Randy Stroup who is told his insurance will not cover the treatment, but will help pay for PAS.

Peter D. Richardson has made a powerful documentary without resorting to narrative twists or gimmicky camerawork, letting the subject and the characters carry this film instead. Regardless of your position, this is a thought-provoking and moving film.

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Title
How to Die in Oregon
Director
Peter D. Richardson
Country
USA
Length
107 min
Festival
2011
Section
Documania
Language
English
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2011
Producer
Peter D. Richardson
Music
Max Richter

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