‘Flawless’ Film Reviews from Around the World

As screenings of Fatal Flaws continue throughout the world, we’ve been overwhelmed by positive responses from high-profile individuals from both medical and legal professions internationally.  As you consider a screening in your area, we invite you to read  what others are saying about the film:

 

IMG_2697 “Slippery slope arguments have often been criticized as philosophically weak. There could be no stronger evidence for the reality the slippery slope than Fatal Flaws.  As both a psychiatrist and a palliative care physician, I cannot overemphasize the importance of this film as a spiritual call, a moral message, a social statement and a clinical intervention.Kevin Dunn is a modern day Cassandra who has produced a film that describes what would be terrifying science fiction, were it not already social fact:  the legalization of the termination of the lives of the vulnerable, isolated, marginalized, and anguished in state after state and country after country. Even more disturbing those deaths come at the hands of physicians whom for millennia have sworn to heal and not to harm. Through interviews with patients, families and experts, Dunn gives a neglected and urgently needed critique of the euphemistic masking of suicide as compassion and in so doing exposed the dark side of the gilded claim that the relief of suffering lies in the affirmation of hopelessness, the embrace of futility, and the betrayal of the historic goals of medicine.” Cynthia Geppert MD, MA, MPH, MSB, DPS, MSJ, DFAPA, FCLP, Professor of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, Director of Ethics Education ,University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Bioethics Albany Medical College, USA

 

“Fatal Flaws is more than just a great documentary film. It is a clarion call to restore decency to the House of Medicine. For every doctor or patient who wants to understand the difference between medical killing and medically-responsible caring, this humane and sensitive film is a must-see.” –Ronald W. Pies, MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, and Lecturer on Bioethics, SUNY Upstate Medical University; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts U. School of Medicine; Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Psychiatric Times, USA

 

“This is a brilliant film that should be compulsory viewing for busy legislators who haven’t time to do their own research into how euthanasia is changing death and dying in countries such as Canada and the Netherlands. Kevin Dunn interviews supporters and opponents of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide in a non-judgemental way and the responses he gets are extraordinary. “ Professor the Baroness Sheila Hollins, House of Lords, Past President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK

 

“Compelling, timely and moving. Physicians must see this film, especially those in training as the euthanasia movement is trying to redefine the ethics of medicine. ”  –Steven S. Sharfstein, M.D., Former President The American Psychiatric Association, USA

 

Fatal Flaws should be necessary watching for anyone considering the legalisation of medical assistance in dying.”  David Albert Jones, Director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford, UK 

 

Sobering and contemplative, Fatal Flaws is a must-see, regardless of one’s personal views about the rightness or wrongness of medical assisted death. The film challenges us to think critically about our individual and social responses to vulnerability and suffering, and, in particular, the re-shaping of the ‘house of medicine’ through the logic of law.” Mary J Shariff, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba, Canada 

 

“There are three words that should never have come together: “Physician Assisted Suicide”. This important film shines a critical light on the perverse reality that we are now training our medical students how to kill some of their patients. The medical arts of comfort and palliation are being supplanted by the seduction of euthanasia and the murky language of rights. We should all see this film and carefully weigh whether we really want our society to slide into a mire that extols medical murder.” –John Maher MD FRCPC, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, President, Ontario Association for ACT & FACT, Canada 

 

-A hearty thanks to the above contributors for their positive and passionate reviews. – Kevin Dunn, Director

 

 

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