Birth and death – Overcome by Pain

NDR/ARTE, 2009, 45 min.

A visit to palliative care and maternity wards

A hospital in Hamburg. On the ground floor: the maternity ward. Two floors above it: the palliative care ward. The situation of the people staying in the two wards could hardly be more different. In one, life is beginning; in the other, it is ending. But the expectant mothers and the terminally ill have one thing in common: they both have to endure tremendous pain.

This film by Gesa Berg tells moving stories from both wards. It accompanies the individuals and shows how they cope with pain during some very intimate moments in their lives.

Written and directed by: Gesa Berg
Camera: Axel Thiede
Editor: Klaus Flemming