Death Makes Life Possible

About the film

This documentary tackles a taboo topic for many in our modern world, and explores a fundamental question: How can understanding death inform how we live our lives? 

Our guide is Marilyn Schlitz, a cultural anthropologist and scientist who sets out to find answers. Her journey connects viewers to universal questions and also to their own perspectives on the ultimate meaning of life, death, and what lies beyond.

We meet people with compelling personal stories of near-death and out-of-body experiences, each sharing their sense of hope and possibility about what lies beyond death of the body. Mental health experts help us consider the meaning of death and how we can live without fear, and scientists share how they are seeking evidence for the soul. We also meet people who seem to have come to terms with their own mortality.

These interviews and the evidence presented by the experts are interwoven with short vignettes of everyday people from different cultures who share their views on death. In “man-on-the-street” interviews, people share their hopes and fears, and we take a look at popular culture images that reveal the ever present fear many have about the nature of their own mortality.

This film makes the case that we have much to gain by facing our fear of death and asking what death might have to offer our lives. Death Makes Life Possible is a must see for anyone who’s going to die.

This film is currently in production.

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