LDF 2017
Festival of International Documentaries



Being There

Thomas Lüchinger – Switzerland – 2016 – 95 mts

Thomas Lüchinger


The film BEING THERE – DA SEIN portraits four people from different cultures

giving care to dying people. By confronting their own mortality, they present ways

how to show up for dying individuals in the last period of life, and how this connects

to their own life again and again, reflecting on their relation to death and dying. The

protagonists (Ron Hoffman, USA, Elisabeth Würmli, Switzerland, Alcio Braz, Brazil

and Sonam Dölma, Nepal) raise the question whether we should adopt a new Ars

Moriendi in today’s time. A new art of dying – as it was the case in the Middle Ages –

that would comprehend dying as a vital part of life and that could enrich our lives

again by dealing with our death more consciously.


“An image is a secret about a secret.

The more it tells, the less one understands.”

Diane Arbus


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