“How to Die in Oregon” community screening, Discussion on Death with Dignity
Sunday, February 8 at 5 PM Compassion & Choices is presenting a free community screening and discussion of “How to Die in Oregon,” a film by Peter Richardson at Busboys and Poets at their Hyattsville location (5331 Baltimore Avenue). Huffington Post selected “How to Die in Oregon” as one of its “mind-blowing documentaries” to stream.
FREE Admission. Reservations requested:
The event will include the film and a discussion with guests speakers:
ANGELA ANGEL, a life-long civic activist and organizer, now Delegate for the 25th District and co-sponsor of Death with Dignity law in Maryland.
ALEXA FRASER, daughter of Alex Fraser (developer of Open University), a Maryland innovator and investor who took his life at age 90 while suffering from advanced Parkinson’s disease.
Ms. Fraser says, “What matters is that each of us of sound mind and failing body should be able to choose the way that we want to die. The law should allow us that final dignity, but here in Maryland, it doesn’t.”
In this thought provoking feature, 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.
“How to Die in Oregon” won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011, along with numerous other accolades. The film was acquired for television and aired on HBO.
This film presentation is an opportunity for communities to engage in a dialogue and ask questions about the current “death with dignity” discussion in Maryland and in the context of case studies unfolding in other states, and the District of Columbia.
Compassion & Choices is featured in “How to Die in Oregon,” and is the leading nonprofit organization committed to helping everyone have the best death possible. Compassion & Choices offers free counseling, planning resources, referrals and guidance, and works across the nation to expand options at the end of life.