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One Woman's Fight to Die

Aug 07, 2015 | 831 videos
Video by Loading Docs

Gina has an extreme genetic disorder that has caused her muscles to deteriorate. Sound and light harm her ears, so she sits in complete darkness. Gina communicates using a touch alphabet method—and in this moving short film from New Zealand's Loading Docs initiative, she makes her case for voluntary euthanasia. "I think a compassionate god would want people to have the option of a humane death," Gina says, her words flashing on the screen. The film is minimalistic and visual, and for a few minutes we are able to get a brief sense of what it's like in Gina's silent, dark world.

The Loading Docs initiative supports 10 filmmaking teams to create three-minute, creative documentaries that tell New Zealand stories. This year's theme is connection.

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Author: Nadine Ajaka

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