Film festival Quality of Dying

Film festival: Quality of Dying


An unusual theme; perhaps even a theme that we would rather avoid: the end of life. But if we worry about the quality of living, shouldn’t we also think about the quality of dying? And what is the role of technology in this? Through all kinds of technical and chemical inventions we can extend life or bring the end closer and soften it, but we can also look for other ways of burying or reusing the body after death. Many ethical and philosophical questions arise from this. In the film program that is part of the festival ‘Who's afraid of the end of life?,’ organized in close cooperation with the TU Delft Library and Studium Generale, Filmhuis Lumen screens five films that ask important questions about the end of life.

Introduction by TU Delft scientists
In all of the screenings (except for the closing film Amour), TU Delft scientists address these questions and link also to their own scientific work. (The introductions will be in Dutch)

  • Janna van Grunsven, assistant professor in the ethics and philosophy section of the faculty Technology, Policy and Management. She is a member of the Delft Design for Values Institute. She has recently become particularly interested in how advances in (medical) technology shape our perception of the aging body. Van Grunsven introduces the movie The Farewell Party.
  • Sanne Kistemaker is teacher of design and research courses at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering and director of the service design agency Muzus. In the My Futures project, Muzus is researching, together with other institutions and agencies, how we can help people - through (social) design - reflect upon the process of aging. Kistemaker introduces the movie Mar Adento.
  • Lotte Asveld is Assistant Professor of Biotechnology and Society at the Faculty of Applied Sciences. Among other things, she has studied the theme "The body as a raw material". Asveld introduces the movie Le Magasin des Suicides.
  • Jan Peter Bergen starts at the faculty Technology, Policy and Management in 2020. Together with Jeroen van der Hoven, director of the Design for Values Institute (TUD), he has developed a framework for evaluating new corpse disposal technologies. Bergen introduces the movie The Children Act.