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Capturing A Short Life (2008)

“Capturing A Short Life” is a beautiful, intimate and life-affirming documentary about families dealing with the loss of a child in the first few months of life. It explores how critical it is to remember these beautiful babies who are only with us for a moment, and how impossible it is to forget them.


For many people, the idea of even talking about the fact that babies die, may seem disrespectful or inappropriate. Sometimes, however, the opposite is true.

In North America every year, tens of thousands of families are having to say goodbye to children they’ve only just met, and millions more lose babies to miscarriage or stillbirth.

When a baby dies, it is not only an infant that is lost, but a toddler, a child, a teenager and an adult. An entire lifetime, an entire future, disappears. There will be no first birthdays, no first steps, no first report cards, no first loves… Instead, there is an intense, impossible, few moments to say hello and goodbye.

“Capturing A Short Life” is not a film about death, it is a film about acknowledging, celebrating, and honoring the lives of those who are only here for a short period of time, but will be remembered forever in the hearts of those who love them.

Capturing A Short Life (2008)

  • Duration: 54 minutes

    Directed by Sheona McDonald

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  • Awards

    • WINNER Jury Award: Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival 2008
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