Movie Review: Serving Life

I have a hard time sleeping at night. There are times I don’t get to sleep before 5:00 in the morning. When most people are waking up to get ready for their day, I am just hitting the sack. It’s frustrating, and at times I wonder if I will ever get a “normal” night of sleep. I have tried everything under the sun aside from prescription medication in order to readjust my sleep schedule. So far, it has been a major failure. lol

I have found that during these sleepless nights, one of the best ways to shut my mind down (other than reading) is to watch movies. I am very particular about what I watch however, so I do a *lot* of channel and movie surfing to find something that is worth watching.

A few days ago, I came across a documentary called “Serving Life” on Netflix. It takes you inside Louisiana’s maximum security prison at Angola, where the Warden there started a hospice program for the inmates who are dying.

Most of the prisoners at Angola will never see the outside world again; the majority of these men have been incarcerated for incredibly violent crimes, and have received sentences that will keep them there for life.

Enter the Warden. The Warden has such a great amount of compassion for these men, that he hated seeing them die alone. He took it upon himself to start this program where other inmates are trained to become hospice workers.

I don’t want to give too much of the documentary away, so just let me say that I was incredibly moved by this film. Seeing the differences in the men who become hospice workers and literally watching their compassion for their fellow man grow was extraordinary. While parts of it made me sad, as I knew the redemption they were seeking could never come from their “good deeds”, it also made me glad to see their hearts change before my eyes.

As a warning, I will say that this is not a film to be watched with children. There is a bit of strong language (these are prisoners, after all), and there are also scenes of actual death. (Nothing gory, but real death.) So while this is not a family movie, it is something that I personally believe would be good for any adult to watch. I was touched by these stories, as well as pleasantly surprised by some of the statistics that they told.

You can watch it for free if you have a Netflix account, but if not, I have linked to the DVD on Amazon as well. (click the picture above)

If you decide to watch this, please come back to this post and tell me what you thought!

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Wanda Tumlin
    April 2, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    If I can ever get reliable internet, (LOL) I’ll definitely watch this. Perhaps some of the lesser violent prisons could use this to help with the recidivism rate of their inmates.

    • Reply
      Tori
      April 3, 2014 at 12:33 am

      It’s actually made a big difference, even in Angola. Their violence rate has gone down considerably!

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