Actor Forest Whitaker narrates the story of a group of inmate volunteers who staff their own hospice inside a maximum security prison in Louisiana where the average sentence is more than 90 years.

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

2 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Lost for Life (2013)
Documentary | Crime | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A documentary about juveniles who are serving life in prison without parole and their victims' families.

Director: Joshua Rofé
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When Hannah's parents took her to a new school, they said it was to give her a new start. However, Hannah is 11, autistic, and due to her condition, unable to speak. She had a twin called ... See full summary »

Director: Mumtaz Yildirimlar
Stars: Maria Figgins, Petra Bryant, Adrian Annis
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Featuring Ice Cube, Mos Def, Prodigy, KRS-ONE and Young Buck among others, this documentary pulls back the curtain on gun violence in hip-hop America.

Director: Jim Dziura
Stars: Ice Cube, Yasiin Bey, KRS-One
Documentary | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog, Richard Lopez, Michael Perry
Talhotblond: (2009)
Documentary | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

This is the true story of a love triangle that takes place entirely online. Lies lead to murder in real life, as a teenage vixen (screen name 'talhotblond') lures men into her web. ... See full summary »

Director: Barbara Schroeder
Stars: Steve Clement, Thomas Montgomery, Ken Case
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Deep in the woods of southern Louisiana, a masked killer stalks members of a local hunting club. As blood trails begin to connect the victims, a police deputy named Ned Annison finds ... See full summary »

Director: Eric F. Adams
Stars: Austin T. Adams, Eric F. Adams, Joaquin Adams
La discrète (1990)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

There is an author who has been dumped by his girlfriend and has no inspiration for a next novel. In an attempt to find a solution to both crises, he, along with his publisher friend, ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Vincent
Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Judith Henry, Maurice Garrel
I Am Divine (2013)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

How Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, became John Waters' cinematic muse and an international drag icon.

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
Stars: Divine, Michael Musto, Mark Payne
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Nick Broomfield's second documentary on Aileen Carol Wuornos, a highway prostitute who was executed in 2002 for killing six men in the state of Florida. This second installment includes the filmmaker's testimony at Wournous's trial.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill
Stars: Aileen Wuornos, Nick Broomfield, Terry Humphreys-Slay
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Supt. Tennison orchestrates a search for an abducted baby, but events take a turn for the worst when personal emotions cause complications.

Director: John Madden
Stars: Helen Mirren, Beatie Edney, Robert Glenister
Documentary | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, set during the turbulent Civil Rights era. Long Way Home: The... See full summary »

Director: Nancy Buirski
Stars: Jane Alexander, Lindsay Almond Jr., Edward L. Ayers
The Joe Spinell Story (Video 2001)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The life and career of Joe Spinell. A great man. A great actor. Friend and all!

Director: David Gregory
Stars: Joe Cirillo, Tony Conforti, Kate Forster
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Narrator
Edit

Storyline

Actor Forest Whitaker narrates the story of a group of inmate volunteers who staff their own hospice inside a maximum security prison in Louisiana where the average sentence is more than 90 years.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Release Date:

28 July 2011 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Wonderful!
29 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As someone who works with hospice patients, AND has worked with inmates in the past, I found Serving Life to be an absolute 360 from usual documentaries about incarcerated life. It really gives viewers a sense of what hospice is all about. To see people who have done such horrible things with their lives and to the lives of others, interact with people who dying who have done some of the same things, caring for the patients, and making sure they do not die alone--there really is something to be said about that. I am sure for the inmates participating in the program as volunteers, it is the most gut wrenching dose of reality for them. Serving Life was fantastic from beginning to end-to watch those inmates grow while others pass away and the changes hardened criminals go through is just amazing.


18 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Serving Life (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?