The Suicide Tourist

Genre: Documentaries

Duration: 1 x 60’ or 1 x 90’

Year of Production: 2007

Production Company: Point Grey Pictures

Commissioned By: CTV Canada

Definition: HD

The controversy over a person’s right to die at a time and place of their own choosing has become focused on the Swiss organization Dignitas. Dignitas in Zurich is the only place where a person seeking an assisted suicide can legally be helped to die, no matter where they are from – or what their state of health. Craig Ewert, a 59-year-old American with motor-neurone disease, is determined not to live through his steady deterioration until what he fears may be a horrific ‘natural’ death. Should George and Betty Coumbias be allowed to die together at a time of their choosing? For a year, Oscar-winning director John Zaritsky had exclusive access to Dignitas and its clients. The Suicide Tourist will take the audience on a journey they could only have imagined, and won’t forget.

Winner (2009): Audience Award, Best Documentary, Sedonna Film Festival
Winner (2008): Best writing in a Documentary Program or Series, Gemini Awards
Winner (2008): Best Cinematography, Leo Awards