Janice's Journey

One in Eight: Janice's Journey - Reviews

"An informative, moving and ultimately hopeful film." Joyce Kulhawik, CBS Channel 4, Boston.

Watch Joyce Kulhawik's story featuring filmmaker Cynthia McKeown and Janice Fine

Reviews and Responses

Portrait of a Survivor   By Ellen Mills

“In 1993, Cynthia McKeown heard that an acquaintance, Janice Fine, had been diagnosed with breast cancer. What began as a casual offer to videotape Fine’s experiences for posterity became a nine year collaboration resulting in a profound and intimate portrait of a cancer survivor, screening at the Coolidge Corner Theatre this month.”

Oncology Times One in Eight: Janice's Journey
Reviewed by Hester Hill Schnipper, Chief, Oncology Social Work, BIDMC, Boston, MA

“The market often seems to be flooded with breast cancer videos that don't contribute anything new to the community's need for information. One in Eight: Janice's Journey is different. This is a fine film that educates, entertains, stimulates, and touches its viewers while raising important questions about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment and possible environmental risks.”

Cynthia McKeown Gets Personal and Political   By Erin Trahna

“After watching a stirring documentary, it’s common for an audience member to share her personal story with the filmmaker. Though most will nod with attentive respect, it’s less common for a filmmaker to take down the viewer’s name, research help, and make calls on her behalf.”

Ladies Home Journal Online Breast Cancer: A Survivor's Journey   By Emily Sachar

“In 1994, Janice Fine faced the news: possibly incurable breast tumor. Today, she's the mother of two and a recent PhD graduate. Here, we present her story in photos from the new 2004 documentary: One in Eight: Janice's Journey, a film by Cynthia A. McKeown.”

Discovery Health Channel: Breast Awareness

An interview with the director and the cancer survivor featured in Discovery Health Channel's "I Have Breast Cancer: Janice's Journey".

Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

"One in Eight: Janice's Journey is an extraordinary film depicting one young woman's experience with breast cancer. It is especially helpful as it explores both the personal and the larger societal issues surrounding this epidemic disease. Anyone who cares about someone living with breast cancer will find this a moving and provocative film."

Judy Norsigian, Executive Director, Our Bodies Ourselves

"This thoughtful film offers many key insights. Because it follows the experiences of a social activist through a number of years, the politics of breast cancer — and the potential role of environmental exposures — are not divorced from the personal realities and challenges that Janice confronts."

Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix film critic

"Charts a valiant woman's struggles with breast cancer and with the stubborn, often wrong-headed American health industry. A spry, surprisingly dramatic, true-life American thriller, and with an ecological agenda: Why is it that one in twenty American women used to get breast cancer in a lifetime, and now it's one in eight?"

Women in the Director's Chair International Film and Video Festival

"With hilarity and intelligence, Janice takes us on the journey of her fight with breast cancer. As she navigates the medical establishment and finds support and challenges in this battle, we learn from her discoveries and appreciate her authenticity and humor. Entertaining, real, funny, illuminating, important, touching and smart."


"An intimate glimpse of one involved woman's eventual triumph over the disease, this is a reassuring choice for cancer victims and other interested viewers."

Educational Media Reviews

"Honest, moving and ultimately hopeful, this film is likely to be well-received by patients, support groups and healthcare providers alike. Recommended."