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Last days

factual documentary

1 season | 8 episodes | 45 min

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How we deal with aging and death varies greatly worldwide. In Belgium, death may still be a taboo, but in many cultures it is allowed to laugh at, or even a reason to party. In this final series top photographer and journalist Lieve Blancquaert travels to 8 different countries. How do we deal with getting older and dying in Ghana, Japan, Cuba, Belgium, the US, Mexico, India, and Indonesia?

We discover for example how you can become 100 years old on the Japanese island of Okinawa, we visit the largest senior village in the Arizona desert, and join the Sulawesi people when they recover and raise their dead. Whoever dares to look at death, comes out with life. Last Days is an ode to that life.

'Last days' is the last project in Lieve Blancquaert’s cycle about important moments in human life: birth (‘Birth Day’), marriage (‘Wedding day’) and death (‘Last days’).

 

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Details

Original title

Last days

Genre

Human interest

First broadcast

Sep 4, 2018

Production company

De Mensen

Cast

Host: Belgian top photographer Lieve Blancquaert

Licensed by

NPO - The Netherlands

Extra info

Part of a trilogy: Birth day & Wedding day