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JUST ONE DROP: A film about homeopathy. The History. The Mystery. The Promise.

February 24, 2015
Laurel Chiten (Blind Dog FIlms) Producer/director
 
THE FILM: Homeopathy is a medicine that people love, or people love to hate. Critics love to attack it. It’s been called everything from “ pseudo science” to “the ultimate fake medicine”.  But what about all the people who have been helped by this alleged “fake” form of medicine?  Just One Drop takes us on the journey of homeopathy, a system of medicine that is used by more than 200 million people on Earth.
 
We become acquainted with the historical characters, explain the dramatic rise, fall, and rebirth of homeopathy in America, , the on-going controversy, its use for epidemics in the 1900’s, and the treatment of modern day diseases.  Just One Drop has all the elements of a good drama: a love story, a rich little-known history, a war between those who love it and those who love to hate it, a cast of impassioned characters, and a film that leaves the audience with hope for the future.
 
Laurel Chiten has been making Just One Drop and building our audience of homeopaths and patients around the world for the last six years —the finish line is in sight! 
 
THE CHARACTERS: When their son Lucas is diagnosed with autism, Nancy and Evan Korn set out on a mission to bring their boy back. Finding few answers in conventional medicine, they turn to homeopathy. Marc Wishengrad, a New York filmmaker, turns the camera on himself as he documents his own story with the potentially lethal MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) known as “The Super Bug.” Peppered throughout the film we hear from patients, practitioners, scientists, historians, and skeptics.
 
We travel to India where we meet many leading homeopaths including Dr. Farokh Master and his daughter Rukshin. We see how homeopathy is accepted in India. Dr. Master is the model for integration of homeopathy and conventional medicine. We meet Dr. Rajan Sankaran, one of the world leaders in homeopathy, who comes from a family of homeopathic practitioners, and his wife Divya Chhabra.
 
In Tanzania, Africa we meet South African homeopath Jeremy Sherr. Jeremy and his wife work in rural clinics and hospitals and treat people with HIV/AIDS. Even though they have gotten amazing results, the critics continue to attack him. 
 
In Haiti we see how homeopathy is used for disaster relief. We meet Ingrid Schutt, a homeopath from Montreal whose father was Haitian. She returns to Haiti after the earthquake, where she administers homeopathy at various ‘tent cities’. We also meet Dr. Robin Murphy, naturopath and homeopath. 
 
In England we confront the controversy. For centuries Europe has embraced homeopathy. It is well-known that the Royal Family uses it and has been a part of the National Health System in the United Kingdom for decades. But recent the government’s policy on homeopathy has been challenged with skeptics viciously attacking homeopathy in the media. To cover this story we interview many people in London including physicist Alexander Tournier and biologist Rachel Roberts of the Homeopathic Research Institute. We also visit Helios Homeopathic Lab, where we see how remedies are made.
 
Just One Drop will not try to prove or disprove whether homeopathy works or doesn’t work. It won’t try to convince the die hard skeptic of its efficacy. But it will aim to give homeopathy a voice, a voice that has been ridiculed and maligned for over 200 years.
 
THE AUDIENCE: The target audience for Just One Drop is people who do not know what homeopathy is. Anyone who has a chronic illness, mothers with young children, and those with elderly parents – people who are prescribed numerous pharmaceuticals – will be interested in seeing this film. Just One Drop will clarify misconceptions, and let the public know that homeopathy is an alternative health care option for them. Just One Drop will be a valuable resource. Homeopaths can use the film to educate their patients. Patients can educate their families. 
 
Just One Drop is not just for proponents of homeopathy. Skeptics are equally passionate about attacking homeopathy. This film will provides a platform for skeptics to have a voice and have their questions raised and their point of view addressed. Just One Drop will raise questions, provoke emotions and inspire dialogue. The film will stimulate a discussion and start to bridge the communication gap between conventional medicine and homeopathy.
 
THE FILMMAKER: Laurel Chiten (Blind Dog Films) 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. The intention in all her work is to entertain her audiences while educating them.
 
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.