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August 5, 2011

"The Dentist of Jaipur"

A documentary short film by Falk Peplinski.

The YouTube caption:

New teeth, dentures or extractions not a problem at all for Pushkar and his old master Pyara Singh. They treat their patients in front of the train station of Jaipur, on the sidewalk under the pure sky. This short film by Falk Peplinski, who has been living in India for three years, provides an image of a dentist of his own kind and offers a homage to the incredibleness of Indian everyday life. The film had a big success at fim festivals in 2006 and 2007.

India, 2006 / Director & Editor: Falk Peplinski. Photography: Karsten Hohmann. Sound: Valson P.D. Producer: Meera Menezes.


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The vocal portion of the soundtrack ("Hey, hey...") is now my brother's ringtone. He teaches in dental school and finds it unique. Can't wait to introduce him to the accompanying video!

Posted by: Juan Caruso | Aug 6, 2011 9:52:49 AM

This is awesome. Would have been funny with an ironic framing, something like:

The next time you find yourself waiting for a train in Jaipur, step out onto the sidewalk for a little dental work. For 80 rupees (~US$1.80), you can get a tooth extraction, bridgework, and even dentures. I know what you're thinking. Why don't we have this kind of affordable healthcare in the U.S.? If it weren't for pesky government regulations and healthcare entitlements, you too could be enjoying these services.

Posted by: Scott Jenkins | Aug 5, 2011 1:22:53 PM

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