Filmmaker Peter Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether – and when – to end their lives by lethal overdose
In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalise physician-assisted suicide. 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.
- "Documentaries don't come much tougher to watch - or much stronger in terms of argument - than How To Die In Oregon." Eye for Film –
- "A definitive social issue documentary in the expanding right to die movement and the national healthcare debate" – Hollywood Reporter
- "It had me changing my mind over and over. So please see it before offering your opinion." – Moviefone