produced by Kath Shelper
color, 73 min, 2013
Available on DSL and DVD: https://store.der.org/tender-p310.aspx
In Port Kembla, Australia, a feisty and resilient community group is determined to take back the responsibility that most leave to strangers — caring for their own dead. However, as their plans for a community-based funeral organization gather momentum, they are put to the test when one of their own is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Tender is a heart-breaking and beautiful glimpse of an extraordinary group of people as they take on one of the most essential challenges of human life: its end.
“Possibly the cheekiest and most life-affirming documentary on the concept of death and dying since Errol Morris’ ‘Gates of Heaven’” — Variety
“A film about dying that is all about living. Tender, and funny, and deeply moving.” — Andrew Denton, Australian television producer
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