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EXCLUSIVE: Forest Whitaker Previews His OWN Documentary, 'Serving Life' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 22nd 2011 11:10AM
Oprah tells people to read, watch or buy something, and they do it. Which is why we were thrilled when her OWN network launched its OWN Documentary Club.

We're the first to admit we watch a lot of TV, and admittedly, it's not always what we'd classify as "high quality." We could use some education and truthful storytelling in our TV schedules, and with the big O's stamp of approval, this program hand-picks worthy documentaries to watch.

OWN original documentary 'Serving Life'

Their third selection is 'Serving Life' (premieres Thurs., July 28, 9PM ET on OWN), the first OWN original documentary, and we've got an exclusive video preview featuring Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker, who's also the doc's producer and narrator.

'Serving Life' takes us inside the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a maximum-security prison in Angola, La., where the prisoners -- convicted murderers, rapists, kidnappers -- are given a very special reminder about how fragile life is.

As part of their sentence and rehabilitation, the inmates volunteer to work in the prison's hospice, helping their fellow prisoners -- those likely serving out life sentences without parole -- who are suffering from debilitating illnesses.

The documentary follows four inmates as they train for their new roles in a vigorous two-week orientation, teaching them how to feed, bathe and care for their peers while they're on their deathbeds.

"We meet inmates who decide to take an opportunity for redemption," Whitaker says, "reminding us of the connection that exists between each and every one of us."

Watch our exclusive preview of this
moving documentary here

See more on 'Serving Life,'
Read more about 'Serving Life' on Oprah's Life Lift Blog
& preview other films in the OWN Documentary Club here

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