Producer: Anita Hardon, Madeline Lanchico
Director: Juul Op den Kamp
Assistant Director: Ralph Pulanco
D.O.P: Allen Joshua Rapues
Sound Design: Mikko Quezon
Editor: Ilsa Malsi, Nick Rozenberg
Composer: Len Calvo
Meet Leo, a dealer of First Vita Plus, a multilevel marketing company in the Philippines that sells 'herbal food supplements'. Despite being a philosophy scholar, Leo still needs supplemental income. Sweet Medicine shows how in old-world island Palawan, where one third of families live below the poverty line and have bad acces to sufficient nutrition and healthcare, Leo tries to convince people to buy First Vita Plus. "To treat and prevent all health conditions and make for a better life." Charismatic officials of the company suggest that Leo can become a millionaire if he works relentless in recruiting new dealers and selling the product, while the government warns that the food supplements have no proven therapeutic value, and that they lack facilities to guarantee quality of these products. Yet First Vita Plus keeps growing just as Leo keeps believing.
This ethnographic film is the first cinematic translation of a 4 year long research by the ‘ChemicalYouth project’. Funded by European Research Council and shot with a local crew.
Coming out in September 2017.