Film and Mind Online: The White Tiger

May 7, 2021, 6:30 - 10:15 PM

Join NCP as we take our Film and Mind series online!


images/White_Tiger_image.jpeg(2021) (2 hr, 5 min) 
Do the psychodynamics of GUILT change with Culture? The White Tiger opens perspectives on super-ego pathology by presenting us with a fast-paced mystery, set in present-day post-colonial Delhi, India. In discussing The White Tiger we find fresh opportunities to consider nuances and utility of moral conscience.

"At first it may seem like Ramin Bahrani’s The White Tiger is another “poverty porn” film, a rising Hollywood genre in the mold of Slumdog Millionaire and Million Dollar Arm, in which Indian street urchins improbably rise from rags to riches. India’s abject socioeconomic and living conditions have been a cash cow for Hollywood studios capitalizing on caste oppression and economic backwardness. These movies stitch together digital-age Dickensian tales of token Indian individual exceptionalism, as if to say: Homeless, hungry, and uncertain of your fate? Worry not, for you’re just a television game show or a Major League Baseball scout away from a place in the stars. 

"Thankfully, that’s not the agenda of Bahrani’s adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s Booker Prize–winning novel, a tale told from the perspective of a ruthless ladder-climber. Indeed, in the same way that Jordan Peele’s Get Out subverted the blaxploitation film, Bahrani has thrown a wrench in the Western viewer’s self-congratulatory streaming pleasure by grounding his rags-to-riches story in the horrors of the “rags” part. Moreover, as has been characteristic of his two-decade career making gut-churning portraits of working poor and immigrant life, the Iranian-American filmmaker depicts the inherent violence of that ladder-climbing, toward both the self and others.” —from Karthik Purushothaman in The New Republic.   

*Streaming is available with Netflix (link below)

Space is limited to 25 participants. 

Registration will be open until 4:30 PM on the day of the event. We cannot take registrations after this time. 



PLEASE NOTE: We will begin watching the film early (at 6:30 PM, PT) because this is a longer film

** This Movie is only available on Netflix

*** All times listed are Pacific Time (PT)

6:30 PM - 8:35 PM: Group viewing of the movie with a silent chat. We will join the Zoom meeting and press "play" simultaneously to watch the movie together. Please purchase the movie before joining the meeting. (Viewing with the group is optional. You can purchase and watch prior to this and still participate in the discussion.) No credit

8:45 PM - 10:15 PM: Discussion begins. We will hear from our discussants and explore the film together. 

1.5 CE/CME credits


Learning Objectives:

As a result of attending this session, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the metapsychological impact of culture on superego development
  • Describe the place of Envy in Melanie Klein’s metapsychology
  • Compare the line of moral development presented in The White Tiger with that presented by either Sigmund Freud or Melanie Klein


Bhaskar Sripada, MD, is a practicing psychoanalyst on the faculty of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute.  He is also the Medical Director of the Beacon Therapeutic Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood, which provides psychiatric consultations for several shelter programs for homeless mothers and children.  

Pranav Shah, MD, is a psychiatrist and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who is passionate about movies and their use in illustrating the fundamental principles of psychoanalysis. He has co-authored a psychoanalytic study of the films of the renowned Indian auteur, Satyajit Ray. 


Discussion Moderator: Thomas M. Brod, MD. Dr. Brod coordinates the NCP Film & Mind Program with Apurva Shah, MD.


Target audience: Mental health professionals and open to the public interested in psychoanalytic perspectives. Open to members and the community.

Level: Every level.

1.5 CE/CME Credits

$15 with CE Credit

$7 without Credit 


This is an online event. What you need to know:

  • Registration is limited to 25 people.
  • Register below and you will get an email with the Zoom link. The Zoom link will also be sent on the day of the event after 4:30 PM
  • You can join other attendees to watch the film "together" (in your own home) at 6:45 pm and even silently comment in the Zoom Meeting “chat” function, or watch it on your own beforehand.
  • The official discussion will start at 8:45 pm in the Zoom Meeting room.
  • We cannot provide technical support for the viewing of the movie, but will be in the Zoom meeting to help facilitate the discussion.  


Where to get the movie:


"How do I get my CE/CME Credit?"

  1. Pre-Register below
    • If you are registering for the first time you will receive a welcome email. You must follow the directions in this email to complete your registration in order to access your certificates. 
  2. Sign in and sign out during the event (by typing your full name into the chat). This is how we record your attendance at the event.
  3. Wait 2 business days
  4. Download your Certificate on the NCP website



IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME/CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for the maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.  

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