Today At The Clinton Street Theater

Death Cafe Goes to the Movies presents Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: Facing Death

Showtimes

Tuesday, May 26
7:00pm

Death Cafe Goes to the Movies is a monthly series of films about death and dying followed by conversation.

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principal-imagenes-elisabeth-kuebler-ross-es"A wonderfully done film. Everything blends together to make a beautiful video and a remarkable story of a true pioneer in our field. It is a film that should be seen by all students in the field of Thanatology, all hospice volunteers and professions, medical personnel, and all those who care about the end of life. [FACING DEATH is] a work of true quality... How could he go wrong with such a remarkable subject?"—Dana G. Cable, Professor of Psychology and Thanatology, Hood College, for the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care

"A marvelous look at the forces that shaped Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and her life's work... The strength of this film lies in its honesty. The viewer is privy to the admirers as well as the detractors, the strengths of Dr. Ross as well as her foibles, and with a balanced presentation is then left to draw her own conclusions about this important teacher in the arena of death and dying."—Journal of Psychosocial Oncology

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Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: Facing Death
Director: 
Stefan Haupt
Country: 
Switzerland
Year: 
2003
Runtime: 
98 minutes

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross devoted her life to death and dying and achieved world fame in the process. Through her strong commitment to the subject, she has done much to de-stigmatize dying and to draw attention to the treatment of the terminally ill. This remarkably intimate film was produced in 2002, when Küblerr-Ross lived secluded in the desert, and was awaiting - as she says - her own death, on the verge of the transition she researched so passionately.

Her story is a remarkable one. Born in Zurich in 1926 as a 2-pound triplet, she studied medicine in defiance of her parents' wishes and struggled for recognition as a psychiatrist in the United States. In 1969 she achieved international fame through her work with terminally ill patients in Chicago and her book On Death and Dying. This initial success was followed by countless workshops and lecture tours around the world, and the establishment of a healing center in Virginia, which was destroyed by arsonists in 1994. In the late Nineties, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross suffered a series of strokes, and finally succumbed on August 24th, 2004.

Conversations with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in Arizona form the core of the film. She looks back on her life, describes her childhood and her work, and explains how she herself faces aging and impending death. Interviews with her sisters, friends and colleagues, as well as extensive archival material provide a comprehensive look into the life and work of this extraordinary woman.

Special Admission

$5-$10 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds.