Cause of Death: Unknown

2017 | Norway | NR | 85 min.


Old Town Playhouse Wed, Jul 26, 2017 9:00 AM
Bijou by the Bay Sat, Jul 29, 2017 12:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Foreign Documentary
Release Year:2017
Runtime:85 min.
Production Country:Norway
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Anniken Hoel
Produced by:Andrew Grant
Screenwriter:Anniken Hoel
Andrew Grant
Cinematography:Rachel Andersen Gómez
Anniken Hoel
Editing By:Torkel Gjørv
Clara Grötzinger
Rachel Andersen Gómez
Stéphanie Morin
Cast:Lise Hoel
Ane-Martha Tamnes Hansgård
Øyvind Nyborg Gregersen
David Hudson
Anja Baron


When Norwegian director Anniken Hoel’s mentally ill but otherwise healthy sister died suddenly of a cardiac episode, she suspected that doctor-prescribed antipsychotic medications were at the root of her death. What she didn’t know was how many similar deaths have happened: as it turns out, tens of thousands of them. Hoel’s sister had been prescribed multiple medications, all with dangerous side effects. Why was no one informed? As Hoel investigates, she discovers that many prescribing physicians have no knowledge of the potentially deadly side effects. Treading carefully, she explores the way marketing masterminds at pharmaceutical companies control this information in the name of profit, and ignore or downplay the medications’ adverse effects—not to mention a broader implication of misdiagnoses of mental illnesses. In her debut film, Hoel’s investigation takes her around the world, where she interviews doctors, scientists, patients, and more to uncover the reasons why profit is valued over the well-being of patients.

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Jacob Alexander Daugherty (Sat)

Matthew Klein (Wed)
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