Road to Mercy documents Canada’s journey into the furthest ethical frontier – a place where doctors are allowed to take a life and where society must decide on the circumstances under which they can. Through the stories of patients who seek medical aid in dying and the committed physicians who agree to help them, Road to Mercy chronicles Canada’s first legal doctor assisted deaths and peers into the extreme boundaries of this practice. Following stories in both Canada and Belgium, where assisted suicide has been legal for more than a decade, Road to Mercy reveals the moral and ethical quandaries at the heart of medical aid in dying.

Format: 1x1hr, Feature Documentary 82 mins

“Powerful, provocative, philosophical.”
John Doyle, The Globe and Mail

“Toronto filmmaker Nadine Pequeneza’s documentary on assisted death, Road to Mercy, is a deep, aching, finely drawn film.”
Shannon Proudfoot, Macleans

“Road to Mercy will cause viewers to pause and consider, not only where they stand on the subject of doctor-assisted death but if they’d consider it an option.”
Greg David, TV, Eh?

“The film gives us a glimpse into the realities — messy, complicated, and heartbreaking — of a national debate that may finally be coming to a head.”
Frederick Blichert, The Tyee

“I was struck by its absolute compassion and balance.”
James Bawden

“Road to Mercy brings faces, names, and emotions to the topic of assisted dying in Canada, where the practice is in its infancy.”
Rachel Phan, Dying With Dignity Canada

Yorktown Film Festival 2017

North West Fest 2017

Awards & Nominations

Nominee – Yorkton Golden Sheaf Award 2017


Northwest Fest

May 7, 2017 at 12:00 PM – Metro Cinema

Yorkton Film Festival

May 25-28, 2017 – Yorkton, Saskatchewan


CBC Firsthand

October 6, 2016 at 9PM

CBC News Network

October 9, 2016 at 6PM


April 9, 2018 at 8PM

Documentary Channel

To be announced


October 6, 2016 at 8PM
CBC Firsthand


IndieCan Entertainment – North American Sales

Tiller and Tide Media – International Sales


Director/Producer Nadine Pequeneza
Writer Nadine Pequeneza
Cinematographer Christian Bielz
Sound Recordist Jeff Reyes and Dave Draper
Editor Sarah Bachinski
Original Music Alex Khaskin
Music Orchestration Stan Fomin


Produced by HitPlay Productions in association with CBC and SRC, and with the participation of CMF, The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation Film and Television Tax Credit.