Follow The Journey

About the Film

Modernization brings a new killer to a remote area of the Peruvian Amazon, ending the lives of a disproportionate number of young mothers whose deaths are attributed to black magic. A brave health promoter reports the deaths to a local medical non-profit that begins offering medical care to prevent and treat the deadly disease in their midst. The medicine proves even more powerful than just a cure, empowering women to resist a culture of domestic violence—and the men in their lives respond.

What We’ve Seen

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Filmmakers

Anne Fentress

Director/Producer

Anne Fentress

Anne Fentress is an independent documentary filmmaker. Her work explores how hidden or marginalized subgroups respond to culture crises. Projects for CMT/MTV Networks have explored the traditions from the Appalachian “murder ballad” (Controversy: Murder They Wrote) and domestic violence (Controversy: Independence Day–featuring Maya Angelou and Gloria Allred) to Southern Rock and its political significance (American Revolutions: Southern Rock). Before moving to CMT, she worked on numerous documentaries for public television, produced John Seigenthaler’s A Word on Words for Nashville Public Television, and wrote and researched for stories for various magazines in NYC.

 

Anne has an A.B. in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Brown University, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Brown Daily Herald. Anne is currently producing and directing a film about the controversy surrounding the creation of the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. She also serves as the documentary advisor for Vanderbilt Student Media at Vanderbilt University. Anne lives in Nashville with her husband and two elementary school-aged children.

Josephine VanDevender

Producer

Josephine VanDevender

Josephine remembers being in kindergarten when her father, a local physician, took her out of school for a month to go with him on a medical mission to the Himalayas in India. It was just the two of them, going from village to village, taking the limited medical supplies he could carry in his small black bag. The desperate need she witnessed, and the hope her father gave, had a profound impact on her.

Josephine grew up to become a mother, Labor and Delivery Nurse, philanthropist, and a volunteer leader with a passion for women’s health. She has witnessed tragedies that could be avoided through education and treatment and has become an advocate for preventative care for all. Josephine has an A.B. in Art History from Occidental College and a nursing degree from Aquinas College in Nashville.

In producing this documentary, Josephine is also paying tribute to her mother Kathy who died of breast cancer in 2014 by providing seed funding. She ultimately seeks to assist D.B. Peru as they work toward sustainable solutions that will empower the people of the Lower Napo to take over their own care.

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