Dying to Live    
the journey into a man's open heart   a film by Ben Mittleman
 
 

Dying to live Comments

 

"Dying to Live" is the courageous and uncompromisingly honest opening of one man's heart. It reveals levels of passion, anxiety, tragic loss and profound affection rarely available to audiences today. By interweaving the compelling characters of his personal life with events that reveal his all too human vulnerability, the film finds its touchstone in illuminating the remarkable resiliency of the human spirit."
- Richard Heus, Executive Producer "Ugly Betty"
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...Some ten minutes into the film I realized I was in the hands of a true professional. Two hours later the floor around me was littered with damp tissues. It is not only that the story of Ben's battle with complicated surgery is so riveting, but that the piece goes into places in my heart that touch universal chords about life and family that are a part of the human experience.... some days and even weeks later the resonance of the film is still running through my head. This is an extraordinary achievement.
- Bernard Slade, playwright, "Same Time Next Year"
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"the film is at once, a painful story of illness and an uplifting story of love & celebration in defiance of death"
- Ira Byock M.D., Author of "Dying Well" and "The Four Things That Matter Most"
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"Dying to Live" speaks plainly of simple truths and the strength required to triumph over one's fears; it deals with profound questions many are afraid to ask.....This movie is for all of us who battle life daily and finally must come to grips with the fear of living and dying. It is urgent, vivid and thoroughly honest.
- Rabbi Gabriel Elias
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"Thank you for your willingness to bring our attention to the personal side of chronic disease and the problems it causes"
- Dr. Richard Carmona, Former U.S. Surgeon General
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"Dying to Live" was an extraordinarily powerful and deeply touching film with the sense of a raw exposed truth. I went to see the film with my Mother and by the end we were both crying.. I could relate strongly to the issues of the film having just lost my Grandmother to cancer. After the film my mother and I felt a warm connected bond that I can hardly put into words.
- Sophie Mestman Cannon, high school student
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There is so much raw emotion, I want my friends to experience what I saw.
- Sadie Mestman, DDS

 

 

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