How do you put a life into 500 words? Ask the staff obituary writers at the New York Times. OBIT is a first-ever glimpse into the daily rituals, joys and existential angst of the Times obit writers, as they chronicle life after death on the front lines of history.


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  • ★★★½ review by George Hanna-Wilson on Letterboxd

    A compelling look into the New York Times small but passionate team of obituary writers. This documentary shows the process and hardships that being an obituary writer entails. It's these folks jobs to sum up an entire persons life in so many words. Considering that the people they write about are of cultural significance adds to the pressure. The writers themselves are an interesting bunch.

  • ★★★★ review by Jackson Mills on Letterboxd

    It may seem funny to think that writings of death are largely about life, but covering the preceding years of life is what makes the news of death worthwhile.

    Fascinating doc; definitely worth a watch, especially if you're interested in writing or journalism.

  • ★★★★½ review by Chase Anderson on Letterboxd

    No frills; none needed.

  • ★★★½ review by Kyle Bragg on Letterboxd

    Q&A with Bruce Weber

  • ★★★★★ review by kblackman on Letterboxd

    This is a perfect doc - a straightforward story of how the obituary column at the New York Times is written, told through the eyes of the writers. Their ability to speak parallels their talents on the page and they share with us well the challenges of distilling a life and having only limited hours to do that task proud.

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