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Suicide Tourist, The
Program Number

2811 HD 001

Series Description

Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

Program Description

Do we have the right to end our lives if life itself becomes unbearable or when we enter the late-stages of painful, terminal illness? The questions, debated for centuries, have only grown more pressing in recent years as medical technology has allowed us to live longer lives, and several U.S. states have legalized physician-assisted suicide. With unique access to Dignitas, the Swiss non-profit that has helped over 1,000 people die since 1998, filmmaker John Zaritsky offers a look at a couple facing the most difficult decision of their lives and lets us see for ourselves as one Chicago native makes the trip to Switzerland for what will become the last day of his life.

A production of WGBH/FRONTLINE with Point Grey Pictures, Inc.



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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Suicide Tourist, The,” 02/24/2011, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 22, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_37CC21F38D4F4332B864AC890B015E01.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Suicide Tourist, The.” 02/24/2011. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 22, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_37CC21F38D4F4332B864AC890B015E01>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Suicide Tourist, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_37CC21F38D4F4332B864AC890B015E01
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