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MIPCOM Picks – Donated to Science

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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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