JUST ONE DROP tells the little known story of homeopathy: the most controversial system of medicine. To many, homeopathy seems implausible. They fear it is purely a placebo effect or worse, a form of deception or quackery. Yet, homeopathy has been around for over 200 years and is used by millions of people around the world. The film explores the controversy, reveals the rich history, dispels myths and misconceptions, and asks whether or not homeopathy been given a fair shake.

Some of the people you will meet in the film.

THE KORNS

When their son Lucas is diagnosed with autism, the Korn family in New York set out on a mission to bring their boy back. When conventional medicine offers few answers, they turn to homeopathy with surprising results.

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Ales is a physicist who contracted an illness that conventional medicine could not help. After trying homeopathy, which he called “the least impressive medicine,” he got better. It became his life passion to figure out how it worked. He founded the Homeopathy Research Institute (HRI), a charitable organization in London whose mission is to explore the science behind homeopathy. RACHEL ROBERTS was studying biology when she first heard about homeopathy and thought it was “bollocks.” After investigating further she changed her mind and later joined Alex as the CEO of HRI.

GERRY DENDRINOS

In Australia, a major government agency undertook an extensive review investigating the effectiveness of homeopathy. Their study concluded: “There is no evidence that homeopathy works.”  Gerry is a homeopath and former government employee who suspects this review is flawed and begins an investigation to uncover the truth.

In modern day England, we see the popularity of homeopathy and how it is presently under attack. Though Her Majesty the Queen credits homeopathy with keeping her healthy for over 60 years, and homeopathy is a part of their National Health System, skeptics are aggressively lobbying to put homeopathy out of business for good.

And more!

 

I am not a homeopath. I have not had a miraculous cure from homeopathy (although my dog did many times) So why have I persisted with this film? Because I really believe it is a David and Goliath story. My entire career I have fought for the underdog. This is something that has animated my being for as long as I can remember.

In my first profession I was a sign language interpreter where I was, literally, giving deaf people a voice. Now that I am a filmmaker, I have continued that thread.

Homeopathy has been maligned and misrepresented for 200 years. All I am trying to do with this film, Just One Drop, is give homeopathy a voice, a voice that continues to be misinterpreted.

I also work as an editor for a major NY hospital where I create videos showing modern healthcare at it’s best. Modern healthcare has saved many lives. But, there are many chronic conditions where it fails.

I want JUST ONE DROP to open up a dialogue, get people talking to each other, asking questions, and sharing information. My ultimate dream is to have homeopathy available as a health care option for everyone and be integrated into healthcare systems around the world.

This is a film that goes beyond just homeopathy. It is about freedom of choice in healthcare. 

Laurel Chiten

Director, JUST ONE DROP

Laurel Chiten

Producer/Director, Blind Dog Films

Laurel Chiten has been critiquing and influencing social issues for over 25 years. Her high-profile films have screened at film festivals around the world; at universities and medical schools; won numerous awards; been nominated for an Emmy and been broadcast on PBS’s Emmy winning national series, Independent Lens, and POV. Her previous films have gained her acknowledgment and respect from doctors, researchers and institutions including Harvard Medical School, UCLA, MIT, and Harvard University

Her films include: Twisted (2006) about people with the neurological disorder, dystonia. Touched, (2003) about people who think they have had contact with aliens and the Harvard psychiatrist who believed them. The Jew in the Lotus (1999), about a group of rabbis that met with the Dalai Lama, and Twitch and Shout (1994) about people living with Tourette Syndrome, nominated for a national Emmy. The intention in all her work is to entertain her audiences while educating them.

Marc Wishengrad

Camera (England, USA)

Over the past two decades Marc’s work as a director of photography, camera operator, and lighting director has appeared in numerous award-winning films. Wishengrad was Emmy nominated for his camera work on one of the first reality TV shows, Discovery’s Trauma: Life in the ER. Most recently, The Curse of Micah Rood has won film festival awards including the prestigious HDFest’s 2009 “Deffie” for Best Cinematography in an HD Short.  For over a decade, Marc has found a niche as a medical documentarian. He has shot surgical procedures and has made fundraising films about patients whose lives were saved at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Marc is fulfilling a life-long ambition documenting the wonders of the world’s cultural healing traditions.  Under the project The Healing World, Marc has filmed ceremonies in Japan, Southern Italy, Bermuda, Nigeria, Hawaii and Brazil.

Tamara Taddeo

Camera (India, Haiti, Montreal)

Tamara directed a snowboarding series (5 episodes) for a sport channel in Quebec called RDS and a documentary short Cold Rust that played in festivals around the world.  Tamara is presently directing and shooting a film about “Unschooling”. Before directing and filming her own documentaries, she worked as a continuity supervisor on fiction films. Tamara graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montreal.

Dan Brohawn

Camera (India)

Dan’s work covers a wide variety of genres; from documentary, events and music to narratives and video art. He has photographed political ceremonies in DC, covered social issues in Brazil and interviewed elderly refugees in India. Dan has shot campaigns for Intel, developed video art shown in Milan, Tel Aviv and New York and covered independent music in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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Maxx Corkindale

Camera (Australia)

Maxx Corkindale has been shooting film and digital content for over 12 years now. He loves telling stories through images and has a passion for cinema.In 2014 he won Best Achievement in Cinematography at the St Kilda Film Festival for 'Welcome to Iron Knob’. Then in 2015, together with Aaron Gully, he won the AACTA (Australian Academy Award) award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary for 'Sons and Mothers’. In 2017 he collected Best Cinematography at the South Australian Screen Awards for 'Smashed', a Berlinale screened short film.

Bernice Schneider

Editor

Bernice Schneider is an award-winning documentary film editor.  She received her Masters of Science in Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab. Bernice has edited numerous films for PBS’s American Experience, Frontline, Nova Science Unit, American Masters, and Independent Lens.  Most recently, she completed A Perfect Crime: the Leopold and Loeb Story to air on American Experience in 2016. Her films have screened at prestigious museums, both nationally and internationally. Bernice also worked in the field with national correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault for PBS’s Newshour in Kenya, South Africa, Haiti and Somalia, where she edited stories on political and cultural change in the developing world.

Sabrina Zanella-Foresi

Editor

Sabrina Zanella-Foresi is a feature-length documentary editor whose credits include: The Rise and Fall of Penn Station (2014) and Henry Ford, (2013) both for PBS’ American Experience and several films for international broadcasts and festivals including, Photographic Memory, directed by Ross McElwee (2011); Animas Perdidas (Lost Souls)(2009); The Truth About Cancer, directed by Linda Garmon (2008); For the Love of Movies, directed by Gerald Peary (2008); Shadow of the House: Photographer Abelardo Morell, directed by Allie Humenuk (2007);Twisted, directed by Laurel Chiten (PBS Independent Lens, 2007); A Jew Among the Germans, directed by Marian Marzynski (PBS Frontline, 2005); Damrell’s Fire (PBS, 2005), American Wake (2004), and Touched (2003).

Eileen Torpey

Associate Producer and Still Photographer

Eileen Olivieri Torpey, has worked in the visual arts for two decades. Ms. Torpey’s directorial debut film, “Ocean Keeper,” premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival and on WNET Thirteen, New York City in 2012 and has broadcast on over 300 PBS stations across the country. Her current productions include: Associate Producer of “Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning,” a feature documentary; Curator/Founder of DRIFT Art Project, a nomadic group exhibition now in its 12th year. Ms. Torpey is a two-time recipient of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation artist residency award, a grantee of the New Visions Film Award in New Mexico and a recipient of a U.S. Embassy Grant. She received her M.F.A. at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Presently she works as a video producer/director and consultant for Libero Canto Singing, L.L.C. and divides her time between New York City and Santa Fe. She is the founder/director of her production company Pure Newt LLC.

 

Martha Aubey

Aishwerya Bahl

Pat and Dale Barnes

Abby Beale

Gunther Benkenstein

Eugene Boyle

Debby Bruck

Douglas W. Brown & Beth Stebbins

Anthony Capobianco, D.O.

Will Cassilly

John Catsicas

Kimberly Clark

Jane Corkin

Betsy Coville

Karin Cseak, D.O.

Reynaldo Cuellar

Jan Dederick

Nicholas DiCiaccio

Marguerite Shepard-DiCiaccio

Claire Dishman

Sytze Enters

April Eya

Sylvia Faddis

 

Leslie Feldman

Jon Finn

Lila and Samuel Flagler, NMD

Pierre Fontaine

Cristina Garelli

Nick Goodman

Diana Gubbay

George, Elizabeth and Karlo Haddad

Michael Haggiag

Bjarte Hauge

Nyema Hermiston & Jon Gamble

Janice Hoffman

Katharine Holabird

Dannette Hunnel

Scott Jamison

Maria Jevtic

Frances Kalfus

Ravi Kancharla

Helen Kimball-Brooke

Debbie Klinsman

Edward & Kathryn Kravitz

Ann LaBar

James Bruce Lambson

Misia Landau, Steve Hassan, and Matthew

Sarah Lane

Amy Lansky

Margery Stearns Lucas

Edith Malin

Lane Marguerite

Thomas McCoy

Dianna Medea

Bernardo A Merizalde

Janet Morgan

John Morgan

Martin Murray

Carol Nelson

Anthony Noto

Kim Purdy

Carol Omen Urban

Katharina Riedener

Karl Robinson

Jeanine and Guy Saperstein

Wolfgang Scheinhart

Judy Schriebman

Priscilla Selsam

Manna Semby

Karen Seyersted

Roza Sharifi

Suzanne Sheuerman

Beth Stebbins

Amy Stueve

Gayle Thompson

Terje Wulfsberg

Mary Zemon

A Different Road Inc

American Institute of Homeopathy

Australian Homoeopathic Association

Baboo Merchandize

Concordian Health

Farmacia Maure

Hahnemann Labs

Homeopathy Institute of Korea

Homeopathy World Community

Kailash Foundation of New York Inc.

Instituto Internacional de Homeopatia Clássica, Portugal

National Center for Homeopathy

Newton Labs

The Society of Finnish Homeopaths

 

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