Karen Akins
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Karen Akins is an emerging filmmaker who has no fear tackling controversial subjects involving social justice and corruption. Her experience volunteering with medical missions to Mexico inspired her to tell the story behind the current health crisis in Mexico which she witnessed firsthand. Her interest in public health issues longstanding, Karen promoted healthy community design over the years as both an activist and urban designer. She holds two master's degrees from the London School of Economics in City Design and International Relations. Karen became involved with filmmaking through writing her first feature length screenplay, An Unnatural Gift, which reached the quarterfinals in the 2016 Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship competition. Karen became interested in this story while on a volunteer medical mission to Mexico in 2008. She was disturbed by the health crisis that was brewing in the country despite the fact that Type 2 diabetes is a preventable and manageable disease. Once she understood that Mexico was only the tip of the iceberg, she decided to tell this story to warn others about what could be the largest epidemic in human history.