The Suicide Tourist

Director: John Zaritsky
Year: 2007
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 mins
Rating: N/A

Filed under: Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, Documentary

How far would you go to die? CTV examines the controversial issue of assisted suicide in The Suicide Tourist. Over the course of a year, Zaritsky had exclusive access to the controversial Swiss organization Dignitas - a place foreigners turn to when seeking legally assisted suicide. While Swiss law allows anyone to be helped to die, Dignitas is the only place that extends this right to foreigners. No matter where they are from, or their state of health, Dignitas believes that everyone of sound mind should have the right to kill themselves - if their wish to die has been held a significant period of time. In The Suicide Tourist, Zaritsky follows the stories of several people who have made the controversial decision to end their lives, and have decided that Dignitas can help them achieve their wishes. This includes a Vancouver couple in their early 70s who have travelled to Dignitas with the desire to end their lives together. George has a deteriorating heart condition and Betty has decided to die with her husband - despite her perfect health. Also at Dignitas, is American Craig Ewert. Fighting a motor-neuron disease, the 59-year-old is determined not to live in a state of deteriorating health and, with his wife at his side, wants to end his life on his own terms.

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