The Self-Made Man

When her 77-year old father sets out to kill himself, Susan Stern faces both the painful questions and embattled debate about choosing death.

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Premiere Date
July 26, 2005
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
  • Award laurels-r Created with Sketch.
    2005 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival-Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award
  • Nominated laurels-r Created with Sketch.
    2006 News and Documentary Emmy Awards-Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft - Writing
  • Producer/Director

    Susan Stern

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    The Film

    Is it ever rational to choose death? Faced with her terminally ill father's calm decision to commit suicide and an in-law's slow decline on artificial life support, filmmaker Susan Stern confronts the difficult choices presented by dying in modern times.