National Geographic has made an hour-long special about Sasha entitled “The Love Drug.” The episode is part of its I Am Rebel series and will air this Sunday, June 19th, at 9 pm on the National Geographic Channel.
The program producers have sensationalized Sasha’s peripheral encounters with chemical warfare specialists from Edgewood Arsenal and his interactions with the DEA, which is their editorial style. Those who know Sasha and his work will recognize where there has been some embellishing. While not the same caliber of film as Dirty Pictures, the sections on Sasha’s research into MDMA and its benefits in psychotherapy are quite well done and end the program on a positive note.
We knew going into this project that National Geographic would spin the angle as they liked. After all, the real action happens in the editing room. But we decided to go ahead with the interviews, and the project turned out pretty well! There are some gratifying features of Ann and also of Paul Daley that more accurately characterize Sasha’s contribution, which you should all enjoy. Here is the link to the show on the National Geographic Channel website.