Tag Archives: Documentary

Film Review: OWN TV’s “Serving Life”

An inmate-staffed hospice program in one of the roughest prisons in the U.S.

Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana has a long held and justly deserved reputation as one of the roughest prisons in the United States. With over 5,000 inmates and 1,000 prison employees, it is the largest maximum security correctional facility in … Continue reading

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Film Review: “A Certain Kind of Death” by Grover Babcock and Blue Hadaegh

A documentary explores the hidden world of unclaimed bodies

What happens when someone dies, and no one is around to claim the body? Directors Grover Babcock and Blue Hadaegh answer this question in their documentary “A Certain Kind of Death.” They walk us through a day in the life … Continue reading

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Film Review: So Much So Fast by Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan

A documentary follows the hopes and struggles of an ALS patient

At age 29, master architect Stephen Heywood thought he had decades left to settle down, start a family, and build incredible homes from scratch. But before he had even reached his 30th birthday, Stephen noticed something odd. While working on … Continue reading

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Film Review: Lessons For the Living by Lily Henderson

A documentary featuring interviews with hospice volunteers

Lessons for the Living is a 2010 documentary directed by Lily Henderson that features a series of interviews with hospice volunteers as they reflect on their experiences in caring for dying people. The volunteers come from varied walks of life, ranging from … Continue reading

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Film Review: Brother’s Keeper

A man is accused of murdering his brother, but what unfolds reveals the complexity of life

Delbert and William Ward were brothers, living together in a tiny family farm house in the middle of rural Munnsville, New York. They rarely ventured outside of the family farm, only making the trek into town to sell the crops … Continue reading

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Film Review: Tig by Directors Ashley York and Kristina Goolsby

A documentary about comedian Tig Notaro's humor through tragedy

First, Tig Notaro went to the hospital for a rare gastrointestinal illness. Then her mother died. Then she got breast cancer. Then she went through a breakup. Just one of these events is enough to make anyone question their existence … Continue reading

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