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“…courageous end-of-life chronicle, which overflows with compassion and shows us how to live mindfully while embracing curiosity about what lies beyond.”

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THE STORY

Ethan Sisser, a young man with terminal brain cancer, sits alone in his hospital room.  When he starts livestreaming his death journey on social media, thousands of people around the world join to celebrate his courage. Still, Ethan envisions more – to teach the world how to die without fear.  To do that, he needs to film his death.

 

Honoring Ethan's wish, his doctor Aditi Sethi transports him to an idyllic house in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. What unfolds next is a story rarely glimpsed: how a community of strangers helps a young man die with grace.

 

A sensory immersion into leaving the body, “The Last Ecstatic Days” reveals a man who will not let us forget him – even after he’s taken his final breath.

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Advance Praise

ROSHI JOAN HALIFAX, Ph.D

Buddhist Teacher & Founder,
Unaya Zen Center 

“This film blew me away. You just can't help but love Ethan the moment he opens his TikTok and invites you into his life. What was so powerful was that it's not the Dalai Lama or Ram Dass. When someone like Ethan opens up so deeply, I realize I can do that too. Ethan became a teacher for me. I hope everyone will see this extraordinary film."

GODFREY REGGIO

While Ethan's body is disappearing, his heart is growing stronger.  He fills it full of love and lets us watch him die. This is the story not only to be told, but to be held, of an angel of light upon our planet.

WILLIAM LEONARD PICKARD

“As no other film, The Last Ecstatic Days addresses the frightening, wondrous and unspeakable: the transition of us all between divinities - our life and the mystery beyond. Among its revelations is that death is the greatest adventure. Dazzling, sacred, we enter the realm of infinite grace. It shows us a more noble way of dying, the gentle songs of friends, the touching, the honoring of those who have no voice. May the teachings of The Last Ecstatic Days allow us to be more civilized and loving, so no one dies alone and forgotten”

Executive Director, CINE FE

Grammy-Award Winning Musician

The Last Ecstatic Days is unlike anything I’ve seen. Gentle but raw, unsparing but filled with grace, the film bears witness to the final human experience and invites us to imagine what a more human, thoughtful, and holistic approach to death might be - and to lovingly imagine our own.”

"To participate in such a raw and true instance of reckoning with mortality reminds us that this process can be beautiful, communal, and ceremonial."

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“I was scared of death my entire life...
Then I met Ethan Sisser.”

Director's Statement from Scott Kirschenbaum

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