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Extremis – Film on Hospital End-of-Life Cases

Following its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, “Extremis” is headed to Netflix in September

Extremis was shot at the ICU at Highland Hospital, a public care facility in Oakland, California, and tells the stories of ordinary people from a range of backgrounds and beliefs, all grappling with profound questions around human mortality.

Director Dan Krauss explained:  “I strive to explore weighty ethical and moral questions though my films. . . .  Doctors today can sustain life in ways once thought impossible, ushering in new and extremely complex questions about what it means for critically ill people to be kept alive. I hope audiences will take courage from the incredible dignity and compassion that the film’s subjects displayed amidst the most challenging circumstances.”

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