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A Self-Made Death

Screen/Society--Rights, Camera, Action!--Human Rights Film Series--presents Self-Made Man
Tuesday, 16 March, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Perkins Library, Biddle Rare Book Room
The right-to-die debate goes west in this riveting portrait of a man and his family grappling with a darker side of rugged individualism. At 77, self-made man Bob Stern finds out that he is seriously ill and possibly terminal. In keeping with his independent spirit, Bob decides to cheat fate and take his own life. His family tries to stop him, but first they set up a video camera. Beautifully photographed and edited, this extraordinary drama unfolds in unexpected ways. The film offers an intimate exploration of nuclear family dynamics and a complex portrait of what is arguably a specifically American brand of hubris.

Co-sponsored by Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke Human Rights Center, the Special Collections Library, Divinity School Institute on Care at the End of Life and Program in Arts of the Moving Image (AMI)

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Posted 8 March 2010

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