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Road to Mercy

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.

Featuring Maureen Taylor, Dr. Louis Roy, Danielle Lacroix, John Tuckwell, Dr. Wendy Johnston, Amy de Schutter, Dr. Lieve Thienpont, Jack and Riemke Brown, Nino Sekopet, Shannaz Gokool.

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.


Director/Writer Nadine Pequeneza

Producer Nadine Pequeneza

Cinematographer Christian Bielz

Sound Recordists Jeff Reyes and Dave Draper

Editor Sarah Bachinski

Composer Alex Khaskin

Music Orchestration Stan Fomin

  • Powerful, provocative, philosophical... a rumination on assisted death.

    John Doyle, The Globe And Mail

  • Road to Mercy is a deep, aching, finely drawn film.

    Shannon Proudfoot, Maclean's Magazine

  • [Road to Mercy] 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

  • 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?

  • 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

  • Road to Mercy explores ethical frontiers of doctor-assisted death.

    Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press/The Toronto Star

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