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The Otago Medical School in New Zealand is one of the last medical schools in which students still perform significant human dissection. This film, from medical documentary maker Paul Trotman (a doctor himself), introduces us to both the donors who give their bodies to science, and the students at Otago who will have to dissect them.
September 30, 2009


The Otago Medical School in New Zealand is one of the last medical schools in which students still perform significant human dissection. This film, from medical documentary maker Paul Trotman (a doctor himself), introduces us to both the donors who give their bodies to science, and the students at Otago who will have to dissect them. Interviews conducted with the donors are shown to the students following the dissections, provoking heartfelt and yes, life-affirming emotion. As the producers say, ‘This is not a film about death. This is not a film about dying. This is a film about relationships’ It’s about facing the inevitability of death and about love, life, mortality and knowledge; all the things that separate us from the animals. Death just happens to be part of the story.’
Partners: Paul Trotman Films (NZ), distributed by PBS International
Length: 1 x 60 minutes
Wrapped: June 2009
Rights available: All worldwide

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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