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For Dear Life

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 5:45pm
Yukon Arts Centre

When 46-year-old theatre producer James Pollard learns he has terminal cancer, he sets out to turn his dying into a lasting final project—rallying friends and family to become involved in preserving his body after death. As macabre as this may sound, the practicality by which James approaches the inevitable offers new freedom and possibilities for dealing with death within a culture where we simply don’t talk about it.

With a surprising amount of humour, this highly emotional film walks the delicate line between grief and acceptance. Bravely filmed over his final three years, cousin and filmmaker Carmen Pollard weaves raw family interaction, physician visits, and the natural world to reveal a multi-faceted view of death’s impact on all its subjects, as well as its place in ritual and conversation.

  • Directed by Carmen Pollard
  • 2017, British Columbia
  • 75 minutes
    For Dear Life

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