Director Par Parekh wanted to film something that celebrates life and not death. He came across a nun in Los Angeles dying of cancer, but rather than filming the last days of survival—the vibrant woman pushes to live the rest of her life with joy and laughter in Sister Úna Lived a Good Death.
The documentary is part of the PBS’ Independent Lens series.
Here is the official description:
This tender and uplifting documentary takes us through the end-of-life journey of Sister Úna Feeney, a Boston-born, SoCal-raised Irish Catholic. Sister Úna, of the Sisters of Social Service, spent her life eschewing stereotypes. With a great sense of humor, she cursed like a sailor, smoked Camels, and as self-proclaimed “leader of the misfits” and her special skill was making kids, particularly LGBTQ youth, feel okay to be their authentic selves. She got most of her final wishes by checking her final bucket list adventures, planning her own funeral, and even making sure her approach to life and death could inspire generations to come, but she was unable to pull off one miracle.
LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with director Par Parekh about the filming and showcasing Sister Úna’s personality in the documentary. We also focused on a morbid topic that turned into a lively discussion to celebrate life.
Par Parekh is a Los Angeles and New York-based filmmaker who took him all over the world, filming from Haitian disaster events to the peaks of the Himalayan mountains. His films have been official selections of the Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW, and LA Film Festival. He was a graduate of Wesleyan University.
Sister Úna Lived a Good Death premieres on Monday, February 5th on PBS’ Independent Lens. It can be watched on the PBS App starting at 10/9c. Also, it will be available with PBS Passport and on Amazon Prime Video.
Watch the exclusive interview with Par Parekh below. Let us know what you think of the interview.
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