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Netflix’s first original short documentary ‘Extremis’ will debut globally in September
MUMBAI: Internet TV network Netflix’s first original short documentary ‘Extremis’ will debut globally in September.
Directed by filmmaker Dan Krauss, ‘Extremis’ is a verité documentary exploring the harrowing decisions that doctors, families and patients face in urgent end-of-life cases. With extraordinary access to the intensive care unit of a public hospital (Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA), the film offers a uniquely intimate look at the intersection of science, faith and humanity.
The film draws its power from stories of ordinary people grappling with intensely profound questions, fostering a sense of empathy for individuals with a diversity of backgrounds and beliefs, all facing the same human truth. As one physician says in the film, “everyone in this room is going to die someday. It’s good to have a say in how.”
“I strive to explore weighty ethical and moral questions through 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,” he said.
‘Extremis’ premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival this Sunday, 17 April, followed by a screening at the San Francisco International Film Festival on 23 April.