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The Choice of a Lifetime: Returning From the Brink of Suicide

Nila Bogue; Bogue, Nila; Kanopy (Firm)
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
Six people, ages 21 to 73, share the circumstances that led them to the brink of suicide, what stopped them, and the different ways each found to transform and heal their lives. A suicide attempt is made every minute in the United States – every 17 minutes, an attempt is fatal. This documentary tells the stories of six people, ages 21 to 73, who returned from the brink of suicide and transformed their despair into a journey of healing. We meet a retired white physician who longs to join his beloved wife after she dies of cancer; a young white woman who is afraid to tell her homophobic family that she is a lesbian; a Mexican American man drawn to the "collective suicide" of inner city gang violence; a white career woman and mother addicted to risky behavior; a Native American whose family refused to believe he had been a victim of incest; and an African American woman who turned to drugs and alcohol after being raped as a teenager and later abused by the husband she hoped would save her. In candid and intimate interviews, each explains what led to the brink of suicide, what stopped them, and the different methods each found to recover and sustain meaning and value in existence including support groups, therapy, spirituality, and artistic expression. "First class documentary filmmaking that serves as an excellent teaching tool for any level of student in psychology and the human services. It is powerful, poignant, technically excellent and brings questions about meaning, healing, and helping into clear focus." - Prof. Tobin Hart, The Humanist Psychologist.
Director
Nila Bogue
Release Date
1996
Language
English
Notes
Title from title frames.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Recording Info
Originally produced by New Day Films in 1996.
Publisher no.
1144930 Kanopy
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 54 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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