A Certain Kind Of Death - Documentary
Unblinking and unsettling, this documentary lays bare a mysterious process that goes on all around us - what happens to people who die with no next of kin.
Dead bodies in various stages of decomposition are seen, but not played for shock factor. Instead, you learn a little about each person, both what they were before death and what will happen to them afterward. They are followed from the discovery of the body to the final disposition of the remains, and each step in between.
The American Modernist writer Djuna Barnes was a young reporter struggling to support her family when she wrote what she called her “stunt stories” — staging sensational events such as being rescued from a high window by firemen or entering the cage of a young zoo gorilla. In this article, which first appeared on September 6, 1914, she submitted to force-feeding in order to write about the experiences of hunger-striking women’s suffrage activists.