After struggling with mental illness for most of her life, New York artist Ruth Litoff committed suicide at age 42 in 2008 by overdosing on prescription pills. Six years later, her younger sister, Hope Litoff, decides to film herself while she empties a packed-to-the-brim storage unit filled with Ruth’s belongings, driven by the need to understand Ruth’s illness and desire to end her life — but as she pores through the items her sister left behind, she must exorcise the demons that threaten her sobriety. Read More

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32 Pills My Sisters Suicide
For Director Hope Litoff, Making 32 Pills Wasn’t Cathartic, but Sharing It Is

The documentary filmmaker confronts the grief she never granted herself after her sister Ruth took her own life in 2008.

32 Pills My Sisters Suicide
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32 Pills My Sisters Suicide
Why Making the Movie Was a Tumultuous Journey

Director and subject Hope Litoff and producer Beth Levison on how they navigated the volatility of Litoff’s journey into her sister’s past.

Ruth’s Dream

See more of Ruth Litoff's photography featured in the documentary.

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