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Near Death

  • Release Date: Feb 11, 1990
  • Runtime: 5 hr. 48 min.
  • Genres: Documentary
  • Director:Frederick Wiseman


This documentary received both the "L'Age d'Or" award from Belgium's Royal Film Archive and the Berlin Film Festival's "International Critics Prize." A six-hour chronicle of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital, it focuses on families, patients, doctors, nurses, religious advisors, and hospital staffers confronting personal, ethical, medical, psychological, religious and legal issues about death and the decisions that must be made about continuing the life-sustaining treatment...more