Preceded by Short: NIGHT SHIFT

The Marchesa Hall & Theatre
SUN Nov 15, 5:00PM

At one of India’s most prestigious and competitive medical colleges, a disturbing pattern of violence and aggression among the elite student body prompts filmmaker Abhay Kumar to examine its root cause. Armed with a Handycam, he situates himself amidst the wearied walls and hallways of the dormitory and observes the lives of 4 students over the course of a year.

Watching PLACEBO will remind many viewers of their own student days–acquiring knowledge, grasping for connection, disillusionment, seeking a role in life. There are philosophical discussions and profound discoveries reached in late-night sleep-deprived delirium, intercut with moments of intimate confession that slowly reveal a haunting window into these gifted young minds. Deeply affecting and brutally honest, PLACEBO dramatically confronts difficult issues such as hazing, discrimination, and depression that too often plagues the pursuit of prestige.

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER/EDITOR:  Abhay Kumar
PRODUCER/ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR/EDITOR:  Archana Phadke (In Attendance)

LENGTH: 96 min
LANGUAGE:  English | Hindi
COUNTRY:  India
GENRE:  Documentary

2015 EIDF (Korea Educational Broadcasting System) Special Jury Award
www.placebothefilm.com

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