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After years of being marginalized by practitioners of Western medicine, Carmen Cumba, the famous midwife of Cotacachi, Ecuador is now recognized internationally for her knowledge and skill in the practice of the ritual of Pakarina (child birth).

In the wake of the devastating loss of her own baby during childbirth and having seen friends suffering similarly, Carmen Cumba decided to learn the ancient ritual of Pakarina (child birth) to prevent more mothers and children from dying unnecessarily during the birthing process.  

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Carmen as a Partera (midwife) and her fellow Yachaks (shamen) were treated with skepticism and often a total lack of respect for years by Western medicine.

Being successful with their results, Carmen, other parteras and yachaks in the area continued to practice, learn and also teach to anyone interested in learning their natural medicine practices. 

Today, Carmen belongs to a group of respected indigenous midwives who share their knowledge through published books, seminars, training programs and even tourism. She knows that as more people understand how natural medicine works, it will become normalized, which is better for the mothers, babies and families over all.

The Red Cross has even paid for a birthing hut to be built on her property, which is also home to one of the largest organic herb gardens in South America.

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In Approximately 20 minutes, we will tell Carmen's story through interviews with her and the people of her village as well as foreigners who have have been able to meet her.   We will start out letting her tell her story as we show visuals of her life and the lives of other women from the area.  Then  we will film her as she makes "her rounds" helping and positively effecting other peoples lives. 

We will also illustrate the differences between indigenous medical practices and western practices with interviews with American midwives and modern medical doctors as we discuss with both Carmen and her fellow Yachaks and western doctors these differences and similarities.

We will discuss and maybe even answer the questions: Is natural medicine the better choice? What makes this way of treating people effective? How can modern medicine and ancient medicine work together more to provide better more affordable care to those in need.  What, if anything, can we as a western society learn from this culture/ style of medicine?

We are thrilled to announce that we have just received our 1st grant! Also, Motion Media Arts Center/ Austin School of Film is now a full sponsorship partner which means that anyone can make a 100% tax deductible donation to this project through the Motion Media Arts Center! We are headed back to Ecuador this winter to complete principal photography, but we do need more funds.

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MMAC is the official fiscal sponsorship partner for this project.

MMAC is the official fiscal sponsorship partner for this project.

This project is sponsored in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

This project is sponsored in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.