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Film @ the WMML: "The Self-Made Man"

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 Film @ the WMML:

The Self-Made Man

The Self-Made Man


Join us to watch The Self-Made Man (CC not available) on Tuesday, January 23rd. Filmmaker Susan Stern (Barbie Nation) explores the right-to-die issue and difficult end-of-life decisions. The film will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Cornelia White Community Room at the Welwood Murray Memorial Library (WMML) located at 100 S. Palm Canyon Dr., in downtown Palm Springs. For more information, please call the Welwood Murray Memorial Library at 760-323-8296.

Is it ever rational to choose death? Is it ever right? On Independence Day at Stern Ranch, 77-year-old solar energy pioneer Bob Stern finds out he's seriously ill—possibly dying. Meanwhile, an elderly in-law is dying on artificial life support. Bob decides to cheat fate and take his own life. His family tries to stop him. In The Self-Made Man, daughter Susan Stern explores rational suicide, the right-to-die and the difficult end-of-life choices faced by an aging population.

Bernal Beach Films founder Susan Stern has produced awarding-winning poetry, investigative journalism and films. Her documentaries Barbie Nation and The Self-Made Man played worldwide at festivals and on television, winning two Emmy nominations; the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award; a CINE Gold Eagle; and a Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Susan’s investigations of admissions at a University of California medical school unseated a bigoted member of the admissions committee. Her exposé of Bay Area military base closings was credited by the Wall Street Journal with “saving thousands of local jobs.” Her 1980 cover story "Killer Cops" exposed the political underpinnings of police brutality.

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