“Serving Life” – a documentary from the Oprah Winfrey Network

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Serving Life documents an extraordinary hospice program where hardened criminals care for dying fellow inmates. Narrated and executive produced by Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker, the film takes viewers inside Louisiana’s maximum security prison at Angola, where the average sentences is more than 90 years. It premiered on OWN Thursday, July 28 at 9/8c | article continues below

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“Serving Life” is the first OWN original documentary airing on the network narrated and executive produced by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker. The film takes viewers inside Louisiana’s maximum security prison at Angola, where the average sentence is more than 90 years. The prisoners within its walls are the worst of the worst – rapists, kidnappers and murderers. With prison sentences so long, 85 percent will never again live in the outside world. Instead, the will grow old and die in Angola. “Serving Life” documents an extraordinary hospice program where hardened criminals care for their dying fellow inmates. In doing so, they embark on a journey that may end in personal rehabilitation. ” ‘Serving Life’ reveals the humanity that exists inside each and every one of us,” said Whitaker. “In the Angola prison’s hospice, we meet inmates who decide to take an opportunity for redemption, reminding us of the connection that exists between each and every human being.” The volunteers are trained, pushed and tested. Some fail, but some succeed and discover that the human touch can reach the soul. “I thought maybe if I helped somebody else,” one inmate says, “that would help relieve some of the guilt.” The film is produced by Lightworks Pictures in association with KPI. Executive producers include Nick Stuart and Molly Fowler. The film is produced and directed by Lisa R. Cohen.