PBS film forces viewers to confront mortality

NEW YORK — PBS would seem to have a huge challenge in promoting filmmaker Helen Whitney's documentary on facing mortality. Most people want to avoid the subject of death, not see a two-hour film about it.

Watching the film "Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death" makes clear that it's a lot more about life. The film premieres on PBS stations next Monday.

Whitney's film features interviews with several thoughtful people for whom death is more than an abstraction, including a historian who had a near-death experience.

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