November 10, 2016: Edmonton Premiere of the Transplantation Documentary “Memento Mori”


The National Film Board of Canada is proud to present

Directed by Niobe Thompson

Memento mori is an evocative cinematic journey alongside the living and the dying, bringing to the screen a human drama never-before captured on film. With remarkable access to Canada’s busiest organ-transplant hospital, we witness one of the most profound experiences in any human life: the loss of a child, and the agonizing decision this tragedy demands. Created by two acclaimed Canadian documentarians, director Niobe Thompson and producer Rosvita Dransfeld, Memento mori grips the viewer in a relentless, emotional embrace—propelling us from moments of unexpected joy to unbearable heartbreak—until the very final frame. An arresting tour de force of vérité filmmaking, immersing us completely in a world few of us understand but which we’ll all one day encounter.


November 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Screening followed by Q&A
with filmmakers Niobe Thompson, Rosvita Dransfeld and the Kidney Foundation

Encore screening on
November 13 at 1:00 p.m.

Metro Cinema
8712 – 109 St.

Additional information on the documentary, along with excerpts from an interview with Dr. James Shapiro, can be found here.

Special thanks to:
Alberta Health Services
University of Alberta University Relations
Kidney Foundation, Northern Alberta & The Territories Branch
The Alberta Transplant Institute

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