We reviewed this documentary on Netflix last month. We have published all our best kratom reviews for 2020 along with our best podcast interviews
Kratom is native to Bali in Southeast Asia and part of the Rubiaceae family, which includes the coffee plant. Bali Kratom is said to carry alkaloids that can kill pain, provide energy, and wean addicts off opioids, as well as suppressing social anxiety and PTSD without deadly pharmaceutical side effects. It’s easy to see why it has so many advocates but kratom’s opponents say that the claims are untested and fueling an unregulated supplement industry that may have led to some illnesses and even a few deaths.
Bell was able to produce a kratom documentary film that is entertaining and more importantly compelling. He was able to blend passion and humor in an action story about nature vs. science and the will of the people vs. the DEA. Even 86 minutes was hard to take, I think it would have been better around 80 or maybe even 75 minutes because it drags a little during the middle scenes of the film. We are provided with all of the varying pro kratom arguments, and then they are reiterated, more than once, before Bell moves on to the next element of the kratom story. It is clear that Bell is a true believer and as a result, he put too many people in his movie who would sing the praises of Kratom, which is an adequate flaw. He approaches the situation from so many different health benefits I wish he would have distributed the time more evenly.
Some people will watch A Leaf of Faith and see the big bad government or big pharma, while others will see hippies or addicts looking to kratom for a new fix. In the end, there is a lot to learn about kratom from this film and a lot to consider about how we approach the treatment of chronic pain or the best kratom for energy. Some strain are better for people who have become addicted to opioids. Even though this is not my preferred approach for a documentary, it doesn’t diminish the production quality or the argument for kratom that is presented. I would suggest to anyone who is interested that they watch and decide for themselves on the 29th.