‘Death by Joy’ movie touring West Coast

Tsiporah Grignon

Submitted Article

Tuesday, October 9 2012

On Saturday, Oct. 13, a filmmaker from Pender Island is bringing his new movie, Death by Joy, to Gabriola.
Released only a month ago, the story is about Mary, a quirky, selfless, funny and irrepressible 55-year-old who is told she will be dead in weeks without aggressive medical intervention.
Mary chooses to forgo that route. What matters more to her is the essence, whether called awareness, spirit, soul or inner being, that she believes carries into the life beyond. And so Mary embarks on a clear-headed quest for the true meaning of healing. Her joyful and startling discoveries can profoundly change the movie viewers’ understanding of life, healing and death.
This provocative movie is passionate with much warmth, laughter and music. It embraces death as a journey not so much steeped in sadness for what is to be lost, but illuminated with the joy of what can be found. Yet the path of an epic journey is seldom straight or free of struggle, a truth Mary experiences as she confronts the chilling reality of her shocking past.
Ultimately, Death by Joy is a film about a great paradox: Can Mary survive long enough to be healed before she dies?
This transformational movie will be touring the West Coast. The Gabriola screening of Death by Joy is at the Community Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the movie at 7:30. Admission is $10.