“End Credits” on YouTube (entirely)

A year and a half has passed since our film’s premiere and it has found its way to the medical and academical world. We believe it’s time to share End Credits with the whole wide world, in its entirety and for free. We always wanted to make this film for a broad audience and that’s why we think it’s useful to put it up on YouTube.

You can still order the DVD via this website (it has superior audio and video quality!).

Alexander Decommere & Marc Van Hoey on Canadian Radio

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Alexander Decommere and Marc Van Hoey, Eva’s GP in the documentary End Credits, were interviewed recently on the Canadian radio for The Sunday Edition.

Listen to the full audio documentary (32 min) or read the written version on the website of The Sunday Edition.

Fragment:

Alexander Decommere‘s view was strongly influenced during the making of his most recent film “End Credits”. It looks two burgeoning ethical dilemmas square in the face. The first centres around a man named Adelin. He is in his 80′s, living in a nursing home and slipping into dementia… The other story revolves around a 33 year old woman. Her name was Eva. She sits talking to the camera on her patio, the trees behind her, birds chirping. “It may seem strange” she says, “but I am looking forward to it. To finally say the battle has been done – it may end now.”
Marc Van Hoey was Eva’s GP: “She had already suffered more than ten years of severe depression,” he says. “What we call endogenous depression. She went through every treatment – medicine, electroshock therapy, psychotherapy.” She exercised her right to refuse treatment… The dog laps water from his bowl. Eva speaks slowly, “The euthanasia is planned for seven p.m.,” in the middle of August. “We haven’t planned the day yet… I don’t think we have to do anything special – just a quiet day as always”…

Alexander Decommere remembers every moment. “It was very quiet, serene, and I remember she was in her comfortable clothes”. She wore a red t-shirt and track pants. “When she lay down on the couch, she had already pulled up her sleeve, and said ‘Let’s end this now… I’m ready.’” Marc Van Hoey finishes the story. “So the euthanasia passed at her place; I did it myself. It was very strange when I saw it on the movie screen, seeing myself. It was very emotional, yes.” “The bond between a patient and a doctor gets so strong by the time the euthanasia takes place that it’s hard. It’s so personal and intimate and so beautiful.” Decommere pauses to find the right words, “It is inherently difficult for anyone who has to do it or to ask for it. It’s ending a person’s life. It’s not easy, but it’s important that these doctors are there.”

With many thanks to Karin Wells, Documentary Producer @ The Sunday Edition for CBC Radio.

Filmmakers

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Marc Cosyns
Marc (°1954) is a general practitioner in a group practice and author/opinion former. He teaches medical ethics, deontology and palliative care at the University of Ghent. He was the project leader of an investigation of terminal care in Belgium (2000 and 2006) en is known as a privileged witness in the establishment of the current law of patient rights, euthanasia and palliative care. With Johanna Vlaminck and Saskia Vanderstichele, he wrote “Zoals ik het wil – Gesprekken over euthanasie” (“As I want it – Conversations on euthanasia”; 2004) and with Julien Vandevelde he wrote “Bevroren beeld – Zorg voor de laatste levensfase” (“Frozen image – Care for the final stage of life”; 2009). For theatre director Guy Cassiers, he performed on stage in “De rechter en de beul” (“The judge and the executioner”) by playwright Janine Derop (2009). His most recent book is about “Amelie Van Esbeen, de 93-jarige die nú wou sterven” (“Amelie Van Esbeen, the 93-year old who wanted to die now”; 2010). “Laatstleden/Jongstleden” (2011) is his first poetry collection about life and death. At the end of 2012 and together with Vooruit-100 and Stichting Lezen, he launched the project “Verhalen voor het sterven gaan” (“Stories before dying”) which will be read as of fall 2013.

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Alexander Decommere
Alexander (°1985) graduated in 2007 from the Rits Film School in Brussels with the Flemish short film Quietus. Since then, he’s been working as an independent theatre and film director. Currently, he’s writing the screenplay for his debut feature film, but he’s also shot music videos (Transcoder, Pantheist), directed plays in Ghent (“Macbeth Infected”), assisted Didier Volckaert in directing his film Quixote’s Island and supported Nic Balthazar artistically in producing three pro-climate-clips (“The Big Ask“, “Dance for the Climate” and “Sing for the Climate“). It is Alexander’s making of Tot altijd (“The making of Time of My Life“) that establishes a solid collaboration between him and Marc, early 2012. One year later, the film End Credits is released theatrically and on DVD. It is Alexander’s first feature length work as a director.

Video

Watch the official trailer on YouTube:

Interview with Jacques Van Keymeulen, prof. dr. Dutch Linguistics Ghent University,
on the origins of the word “euthanasia” in the Dutch language:

About

“End Credits” is an independent informative film by Marc Cosyns and Alexander Decommere, shot and finished in 2012. The filmmakers point their camera at euthanasia in practice, ten years since the Belgian law was finalized in 2002. The film had premières in Ghent and Antwerp on January 24th and 26th, 2013.

Since 2002, euthanasia is legal in Belgium. Still, anno 2013,  there are a lot of questions unanswered. What is possible? What is accepted? For whom? And what lies beyond euthanasia? Lydia Chagoll outlines what made the legalisation of euthanasia possible, while Maddy Buysse symbolizes a possible future.

The filmmakers follow Adelin and Eva, two very different people who are at the dawn of the end of their lives.

Adelin, 83 years old, is confronted with dementia, while Eva, 34, wants her unbearable and never ending mental suffering to stop. Both people ask for help with and care for a decent farewell and passing away. Through organ donation, Eva would like to add meaning to her death.

A group of individuals who follow, study and understand the Belgian law of euthanasia, give us their insights on these complex issues.

The DVD, with optional English subtitles, is available on our “DVD” page.

Director: Alexander Decommere
Screenplay & concept: Marc Cosyns
Composer: Michel Vangheluwe
Narrator: Peter Cremers
Production: Marc Cosyns & Alexander Decommere
Camera, sound & editing: Alexander Decommere
Interviews: Marc Cosyns
Produced with sponsoring from vzw Recht op Waardig Sterven
Thanks to deAuteurs

End Credits © 2013 Marc Cosyns & Alexander Decommere — All rights reserved.

DVD

You can order the English subtitled DVD of End Credits here.

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According to copyright laws, this DVD, once bought, can only be shown domestically, before a non-paying audience. Any other form of  showing of this film will be seen as violation of the rights of the copyright holders and is punishable as crime. Please contact the filmmakers if you wish to use this film in any other way besides domestically!

Technical specifications
Spoken language: Dutch
Optional subtitles on/off: English
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Color
Audio: Dolby Stereo 2.0
Duration: 58 minutes
DVD PAL
Region 0

Cover design: Yannic Duchateau