Tuesday, June 29, 2010

HBO airs "Kevorkian", second HBO film this year about Jack

On Monday June 28 HBO Documentary Films aired “Kevorkian”, directed by Matthew Galkin, about 80 minutes. This is HBO’s second film this year on Dr. Jack Kevorkian, and this one is a more traditional documentary, rather than a non-fiction dramatic recreation of a historical issue.

The documentary focuses on Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s release on parole and his run for Congress (from Michigan). It also presents him as a composer of harpsichord music that resembles Bach, and as a painter of somewhat dark subjects.

Kevorkian says that the main focus of his candidacy is the Ninth Amendment of the Constitution, which reads “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” Law professor Alan Dershowitz appears in the film and says that this amendment is the only one which tells us how to interpret everything else in the Constitution.

Kevorikian says that the right to determine the end of one’s life if one is suffering is a natural right that he was born with. He takes the libertarian position that government has been corrupted to advance the religious and emotional needs of those in control.

The film admits that some people do not find him a pleasant person but that he tells the truth bluntly (like a Rosenfels “psychological feminine”).

Kevorkian never married or had children.

HBO has a link here.
Metrounit has a YouTube video of Kevorkian’s work on display

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