the death debate

Produced and directed by Kevin Eastwood, The Death Debate is a 45-min documentary for Telus Optik about the small group of people who changed the laws around physician assisted-dying in Canada. The film chronicles the history of the issue, starting in 1993 when Sue Rodriguez challenged the law, through to the historic Supreme Court of Canada decision of 2015.

Watch it now on YouTube.


Directed & Produced by Kevin Eastwood

Edited by Aram Coen

Music by Andrew Harris

Featuring: Joseph Arvay, QC, Grace Pastine, Gloria Taylor, Lee Carter, Hon. Lynn Smith

Produced by Optic Nerve Films for Telus Optik Local.


  • Nominee: Best Direction of a Documentary Program, Canadian Screen Awards
  • Nominee: Best Documentary (Social/Political), Yorkton Golden Sheaf Awards