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Evening Rounds Vol. 36: For Dear Life Documentary Screening & Discussion

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For Dear Life: How do we encourage open dialogue about death and dying?

In both professional and personal contexts conversations around death may be challenging. As public health professionals and communicators – how do we encourage effective dialogue? What tools and resources (such as documentary film) are available?

Join us for a special edition of Evening Rounds, featuring a screening and discussion of For Dear Life, a Knowledge Network Original documentary that aims to spark a new conversation about death. Pose questions to Dr. Sugar from the Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation, featured in the film, and the filmmaker, Carmen Pollard. Learn about the film’s social media engagement strategy. Discuss its relevance for your area of practice.

About the Film, For Dear Life

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 comfortable ritual and conversation.


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CARMEN POLLARD - WRITER / DIRECTOR

Carmen Pollard brings a combined fifteen years’ experience as a picture and story editor, director, and visual effects artist to her feature documentary directorial debut For Dear Life. Her long list of credits includes work for the National Film Board, CBC, Knowledge Network, Disney, Warner Bros., MGM, Sony and Fox, among others. Carmen has been nominated for a primetime Emmy, a Gemini, and five Leo awards, including her 2008 win for Best Picture Editing on the NFB feature documentary Dirt.

PAUL SUGAR - PALLIATIVE CARE PHYSICIAN, LIONS GATE HOSPITAL

Dr. Paul Sugar has served the North Shore community as a family physician for over 35 years. He is currently a palliative care physician working within Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) at Lions Gate Hospital and at the North Shore Hospice, as well as in the community. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC, Department of Family Practice. Dr. Sugar has been recognized with numerous provincial and federal awards– these include two HEABC Excellence in BC health care awards (the VCH Health Care Hero Award and the Provincial Health Care Superhero Award) He was awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his outstanding medical service in the field of palliative care and dedication to the community for the past 35 years and the BCHPCA Award of Excellence for outstanding personal and professional achievement in the field of hospice palliative care.

MARYLENE KYRIAZIS - CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, PAUL SUGAR PALLIATIVE SUPPORT FOUNDATION

Dr. Marylene Kyriazis is Co-Founder and CEO of the Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation, which provides supportive care to patients living with an advanced illness as well as to their families, through the Palliative Support Centre

Dr. Kyriazis is a Doctor of Pharmacy and has served as a community and consulting clinical pharmacist for more than twenty years. Since 2010, she has focused on palliative care and pain management. She has been involved in numerous capacities as an educator, committee and board member for professional pharmacists organizations and also as a community educator on death and dying, and palliative care and support. She was the former Vice-President of the BC Hospice Palliative Care Association.

CALLISTA OTTONI - EVENT FACILITATOR

Callista Ottoni is the Director of Video Production and Strategy for the Knowledge Mobilization Studio, and the Manager of Knowledge Translation and Exchange for the Active Aging Research Team (located at the UBC/SFU/VCHRI institute, the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility). She collaborates with academics and health professionals to develop their ideas into ‘documentary style’ video content, and communications strategy. Her films have had extensive reach on the web, at stakeholder and public forums, and won awards at film festivals across North America.


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Doors open at 5:30 pm (come have a snack get comfortable). Screening (60 minutes) begins at 6:00PM. There will be time for questions and discussion after, and we'll wrap up at 7:30!

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