Documentary, 23′ min.
VPRO x Bureau NY
The use of performance-enhancing drugs among young students seems to be increasingly common. In this documentary director Juul Op den Kamp delves into the world of young students who want to make career at all costs. Even if that means they have to put their physical and mental health aside. “If you can make it there you can make it anywhere” ‘At All Costs’ (original title in Dutch: ‘Onder druk’) portraits a group of New York students who are about to storm the labor market. The competition is fierce and the expectations sky high. For many a pill seems to be the solution to use their full potential. You’re focused, creative and can work through the middle of the night without getting tired. ‘At All Costs’ shows the dark side of the performance-based system in New York with nocturnal work-through sessions, nerve-wracking reviews and self-critical monologues. Observed through the eyes of a performance-enhancing drug dealer. What effects do performance enhancing drugs have on the lives of young people? And how do they deal with this?
WATCH FULL FILM HERE >>> vpro.nl/onderdruk
Director: Juul Op den Kamp
Research/Producer: Steffie van Rhee
DOP: Raquel Salazar Foster
Consulting Producer: Ilja Willems Bureau NY .tv
Editor: Berend Boneschansker
Sound Design: Gijs Domen
Music: Ricky Cherim
Grading: Remi Lindenhovius
VPRO Redacteur: Martien Vlietman Francine Van Der Lee
VPRO Producer: Karin Vermeulen
VPRO Online: Lea Fels