A unflinching look at one family's experience of terminal illness, end-of-life decision-making and hospice.

203 Days is a half-hour documentary about one family facing the death of the matriarch. It depicts the family dynamics at work when Sarah, the terminally ill mother comes to live with Kaye, her daughter. Even with the help of hospice both Sarah and Kaye are faced with the stress of family conflicts and daily decisions about pain management, mobility, outside assistance, and medical crises.

The viewer sees how Kaye copes with each step of Sarah's decline and how both Kaye and Sarah choose to acknowledge impending death in an age where so much effort is made to distance ourselves from it.

Total Running time: 26 minutes, 46 seconds

What people are saying about 203 Days

“It is a brave, tender and intimate film that shows both the poignancy and the difficulties of a person’s last year.”
Marlene Booth, award-winning filmmaker

“Gentle and powerful!”
Andrei Brauns, TV international television journalist/ producer

“I would use this as a training tool for physicians, nurses, social workers, gerontologists and others.”
Kathryn Braun, Dr PH, Professor of Public Health and Social Work, University of Hawaii

“…very powerful, especially for young students in all aspects of caring professions. They do not have any experience with dying, either the human dynamics or the physiology. The film will get them thinking – it will be good for them.”
Joseph M. Civetta, M.D., Professor of Surgery, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Blair Sadler International Healing Arts Competition National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization First Place Film Award

Atlanta Medical Center
Society for the Arts in Healthcare Conference
Southern Lens Series: SCETV
University of Connecticut Health Center Online
World Congress of Bioethics