Off Label

Off Label

Off Label

2012, USA, 73', Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher

2012, USA, 73', Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher

Off Label

Synopsis

In Iowa City a 22-year-old army medic last stationed at Abu Ghraib prison struggles with the VA to find treatment to cope with PTSD. In Minneapolis a woman fights for reform after her son commits grisly suicide in an anti-depressant marketing study. In Rochester, Minn., a young vagabond couple pay for their wedding by doing drug trials for money. In Santa Cruz a woman takes 18 different prescriptions and lives in a roadside Bigfoot Museum. In Philadelphia an aging African-American Muslim recounts the horrific experiments conducted upon him while he was imprisoned and forgives those who destroyed his physical health. In Milwaukee an eccentric medical anthropologist tracks the course and influence of the drug market he once helped shape as a drug rep for Pfizer. These are some of the stories collected in OFF LABEL—a tragic and often bleakly comic look at life in the twilight zone of pharmaceutical drug consumption. Welcome to the strange pharmacy that is America.
Weaving together the moving and personal stories of these people and many more, Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher (October Country) expose the breadth of off-label drug use and take us on an emotional road trip through an overmedicated, misdiagnosed, and drug-addled America.

 

Tribeca Film Festival - World Documentary Competition, Hot Docs, San Francisco International Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Salt Lake City Film Festival, Camden International Film Festiva, Local Sightings Film Festival