A couple’s life with Down Syndrome, a politician’s crusade to die

Two documentaries airing on HBO explore lives affected by genetic disorders: one who has Parkinson’s and is fighting for the right to die, and the others who are living their lives with Down syndrome.

The Last Campaign Of Governor Booth debuts Wednesday at 8 p.m. on HBO2 and airs on demand. The Oscar-nominated film follows the former Washington state governor who has Parkinson’s disease and led a campaign to legalize physician-assisted suicide called Initiative 1000.

Here’s the film’s trailer:

Meanwhile, HBO is also airing Monica and David, a film about a couple in their 30s who happen to have Down syndrome. Filmed by Monica’s cousin, Alexandra Codina, they start their lives as a couple with the support of their families. It repeats Sunday at 8 a.m. ET on HBO Signature and next Wednesday at 8 p.m. on HBO2, and is also available on demand.

Here’s its trailer:

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.