“Acceptance” is a 50-minute international film directed by Ryan Matthew Chan based on a true story about a scholar from India who lies about getting into Harvard. It’s a story about ambition, self-doubt, competition among friends and facing failure. It takes audiences into the world of elite international schools comprised of the world’s richest and most goal-bound kids.
The story of “Acceptance” focuses on Rohan Patel, an under-privileged scholar from India struggling to gain acceptance into an Ivy League school as well as the opulent world of his peers.
For Rohan, getting a brand name education is a life long ticket for instant respect and admiration, a symbol of quality and value – something he’s never felt good enough to have. Rohan is a tragic hero hungry for success who inflates his own ability to achieve his goals and ultimately falls short.
When Rohan gets rejected from virtually every single Ivy League school and Harvard admission decisions are delayed, Rohan cannot help but tell a lie about receiving an acceptance letter to the Harvard Class of 2014.
The lie launches Rohan into popularity and the most exclusive nightclub social circles his high school has to offer. However, as the lie starts to go out control, Rohan is forced to confront his failures and bear the consequences of his actions -- finding his way to self-acceptance.
English, 51 minutes, 2013, USA
Cast: Vinesh Nagrani, Ann Mayo-Smith
Director: Ryan Chan