The Last Ecstatic Days, with Dr. Aditi Sethi-Brown and death doula Karen Bellone

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Sunday, August 11 7:00p – Post-screening Q&A with.Dr. Aditi Sethi-Brown and death doula Karen Bellone

Ethan Sisser, a young man with terminal brain cancer, sits alone in his hospital room. When he starts livestreaming his death journey on social media, thousands of people around the world join to celebrate his courage. Still, Ethan envisions more – to teach the world how to die without fear. To do that, he needs to film his death. Honoring Ethan’s wish, his doctor Aditi Sethi-Brown transports him to an idyllic house in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. What unfolds next is a story rarely glimpsed: how a community of strangers helps a young man die with grace. A sensory immersion into leaving the body, The Last Ecstatic Days reveals a man who will not let us forget him – even after he takes his final breath. (dir. Scott Kirschenbaum, USA, 2023, 75 min.)

A courageous end-of-life chronicle, which overflows with compassion and shows us how to live mindfully while embracing curiosity about what lies beyond.” —The Boston Globe