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Seven Songs for a Long Life 

When: Jan. 6-8, 7:30 p.m. 2017
Price: $5-$7
Cancer, AIDS and many other diseases are not always a death sentence, thanks to advances in medicine — but for some people, all medicine can do is delay the inevitable. How can you go on living knowing that each passing day means the inevitable is that much closer? Director Amy Hardie spent three years filming six hospice patients approaching the end of their lives for her documentary Seven Songs for a Long Life. These six people faced death with a song on their lips thanks to a nurse who enjoyed singing. Over the course of the film they deal with the pressures of writing a will and finding someone to care for a child by escaping their sense of helplessness through song. Seven Songs for a Long Life is a reminder that death waits for us all, and how we spend our time is the only thing we can actually control as that day approaches. The film screens as part of the Webster Film Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday (January 6 to 8) at Webster University's Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue; www.webster.edu/film-series). Tickets are $5 to $7.
— Paul Friswold
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