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Netflix Swallows Indian Documentary ‘Placebo’

Placebo,” a 2014 hybrid documentary directed by Abhay Kumar has been picked up by Netflix. The video streaming platform will make it available worldwide.

The film, which uses documentary footage alongside fictional reconstructions, takes a critical look at the pressure cooker environment of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. The institution boasts a minuscule acceptance rate for undergraduate applications and then wraps students in a cloak of silence.

The film breaks that taboo when a freak accident on campus seriously injures a final year student, causing the student’s brother to pull back the institute’s curtains.

“Placebo” had a career on the international documentary circuit with appearances at IDFA in Amsterdam and the EBS International Documentary Film Festival as well as the 2015 Mumbai IFF.

The film was produced by Storyteller Ink. Distribution is by FilmKaravan.

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