by September Williams, MD
SAMA was filmed over five years—in war-torn Aleppo, .is a documentary film by winning journalist and film director, . The project was brought to fruition with co-director . Director Waad Al-Kateab made this film while she fell in love, got married, was pregnant, and breastfeeding in a war zone rife with humanitarian violations. She did it while her husband, , used every available hand to manage war trauma, first in the remains of bombed hospitals, then in any shelters left standing. FOR
FOR SAMA is essential viewing for bioethicists and clinicians rightfully seeking literacy in the struggle against modern humanitarian violations.…
Here are a few excerpts:
- Compassion & Choices realized transformational progress in 2018-2019. We passed medical aid in dying in New Jersey, cheered a second victory in Maine and advanced legislation in dozens more states."
- "We took on the reality that current medical aid-in-dying laws are in fact too restrictive — placing too many needless hurdles in front of eligible, profoundly anguished patients."
- "We expanded efforts to address disparities in end-of-life care within communities of color, promoting the awareness and tools necessary for more of their members to seize their own empowerment."
- "At a time of profound division in our country, we are heartened that the universal idea of patients having a voice in their own care is a value everyone can agree on."