Summertime Watch List: 5 Movies We Love

Are you looking to do something memorable this summer? The summertime is the best time to transform your living room into a movie theater or have a backyard movie party. This is a great time to show your family, friends and neighbors a great movie about the gift of life.  

Gift of life movies provide opportunities to open discussions about “what mom or dad does for a living” or how organ, eye and tissue donation saves lives. Aside from movie night being just good ole fun, there are many benefits to watching movies that create a compassionate connection to the cause. Check out LifeGift’s list of summer must-watch movies. 

Return to Me
A man who falls in love with the woman who received his wife's heart must decide which woman it is who holds his heart.

Perfect Strangers 
“Perfect Strangers” follows Ellie as she embarks on an unpredictable, four-year journey of twists and turns, determined to give away one of her kidneys.

“Todo sobre mi madre” (All About My Mother): Spanish movie
The film centers on Manuela, an Argentinian nurse who oversees donor organ transplants in Ramón y Cajal Hospital in Madrid and single mother to Esteban, a teenager who wants to be a writer. On his seventeenth birthday, Esteban is hit by a car and killed while chasing after an actress. Manuela has to agree with her colleagues at work that her son's heart be transplanted to a man in A Coruña. 

The Power of Two
“The Power of Two” is a documentary feature film directed by Academy Award-nominated producer Marc Smolowitz and inspired by the life stories of Anabel Stenzel and Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, twin double-lung transplant recipients, authors and global advocates for organ donation, transplantation and cystic fibrosis awareness.

Transplant: A Gift for Life
“Transplant: A Gift for Life” features the human side of advanced medicine. A daughter offers to donate half of her liver to save her father's life; the recipient of a lung transplant reaches out to his deceased donor's family; two mothers nurse their sons through multiple transplants; and only one gets a happy ending. Told with intimacy and honesty, the film spotlights not only the science behind transplantation, but offers a view into the ethical and moral dilemmas in modern medicine. Watch the film at PBS.org.

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