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Return Trip to South Africa 2009

February 15 to March 7, 2009 American hospice volunteer and the executive producer of the documentary “Song of the Soul: Stories of Hospice in South Africa” Cathe Kobacker and the films director / producer Janet Parrott returned to South Africa to share a cut of the film with the people who participated in it’s production.

“We wanted to show the film first to the people in the hospice community who so passionately told us their stories on camera,” Parrott said. The advance private viewings were by invitation only.  The film will be released later this year.

“Song of the Soul” follows nurses, social workers, and caregivers as they do the work of hospice and palliative care in both urban and rural hospice settings.  We hear from South Africans in their own words, something Parrott believes is very important to the film’s storytelling success.  “It is a tribute to the people we met who inspire us to build more caring communities,” Parrott added.

Also returning to South Africa was Jacqueline Jones Royster who, with four other American women, was part of the Kobacker trip to study the South African model of hospice and palliative care.  She is Professor of English at The Ohio State University.

Barbie Tootle, story editor for the film and researcher for the project took the trip.  Nadia Auch, consultant to the Colleges of the Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University, was project manager for the trip.

The traveling group showed the film in whole or in part 16 times in 6 cities across the country.

women from US and OSU