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An onscreen foreword describes the film as a "reenactment of Miss Lowells' fantastic journeyings." The foreword acknowledges General Jorge Ubico, President of the Republic of Guatemala, without whose cooperation "this picture could not have been filmed; especially that fictional portion displaying the artistry of the untrained natives, none of whom had ever before faced a camera." It is not clear from viewing the film exactly which portions of the story were fictional. The film appears to have been shot without sound, with sound effects added in post-production. Intercut with the narrative are scenes showing native fauna, such as snakes, mongooses and weaver birds. Reviewers also mentioned Joan Lowell's battles with an octupus and shots of shark hunting, but these scenes were not seen in the viewed print. According to a Film Daily news item, Gustav Brock hand-colored the fire sequence to give it more "realism."