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photo Twitch and Shout
A New Day film by Laurel Chiten

This award-winning documentary provides an intimate journey into the startling world of Tourette Syndrome (TS), a genetic disorder that can cause a bizarre range of involuntary movements, vocalizations, and compulsions.

Through the eyes of a photojournalist with TS, the film introduces viewers to others who have this puzzling disorder, including a professional basketball player, an artist, an actress, and a lumberjack. It's an emotionally absorbing, sometimes unsettling, and finally uplifting program about people who must contend with a society that often sees them as crazy or bad, and with a body and mind that won't always do what they are told.

59 minutes
© 1994
Purchase $225 DVD
Order No. QA-261
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"Powerfully conveys the richness and range of Tourette Syndrome from the inside." Oliver Sacks, MD

"A wonderful, compassionate, funny, inspiring, instructive, and flat out brilliant documentary." New York Daily News

"It enlightens us, in the full meaning of the word, by throwing the light of understanding on what we don't know and therefore fear. Highly recommended. Editors choice." Video Librarian

"A gem of a film which conveys the human side of Tourette Syndrome in a way that no textbook ever can. I will continue to use it as a key teaching tool in my courses." Edward A. Kravitz, Harvard Medical School

Awards & Conference Screenings
Featured on Public Televison's P.O.V. Series
Best of Category, Golden Gate Awards
EMMY Award Nomination
CINE Golden Eagle
WorldFest Gold Award
Gold Apple, National Educational Media Network
Charleston International Film & Video Festival
Excellence, American Medical Writers Association
Outstanding Independent Video,
New England Film Festival

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To rent or purchase this film, please visit the Icarus Films website