"Mortality of Dreams"

Filming in the jungle of Peru for 10 years
Just completed! Stay tuned for the premiere at film festivals & screenings!
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In his mother's home village, 600 miles from Lima, Dr. Luis Vasquez attempts to leave his legacy. For 10 years, “Mortality of Dreams” follows the construction of a sustainably designed, state of the art, and international volunteer-run hospital, which will provide healthcare for all.

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With heated debate around healthcare systems, like the Affordable Care Act, and global health epidemics such as Ebola, this story is important, timely, and needs attention. We have come to recognize, (and hear daily through news), how problems on one side of the globe affect everyone across the world. Luis’s philosophy of running the hospital with rotating specialists from around the world and the use of telemedicine, depicts a new way of providing and teaching healthcare.

What are the consequences of obsessing over a dream in order to leave a legacy? And will anyone show up to see it? 81-year-old retired cardiologist, Luis Vasquez dreams of a state of the art, volunteer-run hospital that will serve everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. The catch? It will be over 600 miles from Lima, in the middle of the jungle.

As a longitudinal story, it is filmed and structured over 10 years (2007 – 2016) with annual visits.


  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • John’s Hopkins Medical School
  • U. of Rochester, N.Y.
  • University of Michigan School of Medicine
  • Mending Kids California
  • San Marcos U. Medical School (Peru)
  • San Martin de Porres U. Medical School (Peru)
  • Universidad Cientifica del Sur (Peru)