Actress and Hospice Ambassador Torrey DeVitto to Host Film Screening in Los Angeles to Mark World Hospice & Palliative Care Day

Oct 03, 2012, 18:05 ET from FHSSA

Public is Invited to Free Screening of the Award-winning Film "Okuyamba"

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The award-winning documentary, "Okuyamba," tells the story of a group of nurses working tirelessly to ease the pain and suffering of people facing the end of life in Uganda, where there is little to no access to adequate pain control, and the majority go a lifetime without seeing a doctor.  In honor of World Hospice & Palliative Care Day (observed globally on October 13), the nonprofit organization FHSSA will host a screening of "Okuyamba" on Wednesday, October 10 at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

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Torrey DeVitto, actress, advocate and hospice ambassador will serve as special host for the event being presented in recognition of World Hospice & Palliative Care Day – a global day of awareness and outreach.

A five year hospice volunteer, DeVitto has been working to raise awareness of the compassionate care hospice provides people at the end of life.

"This powerful documentary shows how hard it is for people struggling with life-limiting illness in a part of the world where resources are few but caring and compassion are abundant," said DeVitto. "Okuyamba reminds us that there is hope even in the face of death."

"Okuyamba" was created through a collaboration of the Center for Hospice Care in South Bend, IN, the Palliative Care Association of Uganda, and the University of Notre Dame Film School. 

FHSSA (formerly Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa)

"Okuyamba" a documentary film by Ted Mandell and Mike Wargo.

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
James Bridges Theater

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

6:30pm – doors open
7:00pm – program begins
8:00pm – Q&A session

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about FHSSA or to learn how you can support the important work being done to advance care in sub-Saharan Africa, please visit

More information about the film is available at  

FHSSA Media Contact:
Jen Ford