Exit: The Right to Die (2006)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Illnesses & Disabilities, Sociology  |   Run Time - 77 min.  |   Countries - Switzerland  |  
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Filmmaker Fernand Melgar offers a thought-provoking, matter-of-fact meditation on Switzerland's association for the right to die with dignity - which has been active since 1980 and boasts nearly 10,000 volunteers ranging in age from their early 20's to spry 100's. By allowing the terminally-ill the option of ending their lives before their suffering becomes too overwhelming to bear, the organization in effect allows those slipping away to take control of their own fate. In the film, Melgar and his crew speak with both the afflicted as well as the volunteers who assist them in carrying out their final wishes to explore just how the option of ending one's own life affects both parties.

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assisted-suicide, right-to-die, Switzerland, terminal-illness, volunteer