ROAD TO MERCY

By Nadine PEQUENZA

INDIECAN ENTERTAINMENT INC. - as SALES All rights, World Excluding Canada and US / DISTR Theatrical, DVD-video, VOD, Airline, CANADA, U.S

Documentary - Completed 2016

Canadian doctors and patients navigate the newly granted right to die under a broad Supreme Court decision – the first of its kind outside Europe.

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Northwest Fest 2017
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • CANADA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 83 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Nadine PEQUENZA
    • Writer(s)
    • Nadine PEQUENZA
    • Producer(s)
    • Nadine PEQUENZA
    • Synopsis
    • Road to Mercy documents Canada’s journey into the furthest ethical frontier – a place where doctors are allowed to take a life and where society must decide on the circumstances under which they can. Through the stories of patients who seek medically assisted death and the committed physicians who agree to help them, the original one-hour documentary chronicles Canada’s first legal doctor-assisted deaths and peers into the extreme boundaries of this practice. Following stories in Canada and in Belgium, where assisted suicide has been legal for more than a decade, Road to Mercy reveals the moral and ethical quandaries at the heart of medical aid in dying.

      After years of debate and lawsuits, medically assisted death is finally legal in Canada, following a decision by the Supreme Court to decriminalize it on February 6, 2015. This landmark ruling allows a doctor to help end their patient’s life when “consenting adults determine they cannot tolerate the physical or psychological suffering brought on by a severe, incurable illness, disease or disability.” The Supreme Court allowed the federal government 12 months, and then a four-month extension, to enact new legislation that upholds these fundamental human rights and amends the Criminal Code. Road to Mercy is a window on this historical period, between February 2015 and June 2016 – after the Supreme Court ruling and before Canada’s first law on medical assistance in dying (MAID).
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