I Have Tourette’s But Tourette’s Doesn’t Have Me

Wednesday, June 20, 2007 – 7:30pm
USA 2005 Director: Ellen Goosenberg Kent

ImageIn every school in North America, it’s likely that at least one child has Tourette’s Syndrome (TS). These children are often stigmatized and almost always misunderstood. This highly acclaimed documentary presents a candid look at the lives of children growing up with this baffling condition. The film demystifies and humanizes what it’s like to have TS by giving a voice to children ages 8 to 13 who have the disorder. They speak frankly and freely about living with TS, describing the wide range of physical tics and obsessive-compulsive behaviours that characterize Tourette’s, and also poignantly revealing its most debilitating effect: the emotional impact. Colour, Beta SP video. 30 mins.

Post-screening discussion with Dr. Diane Fast, Staff psychiatrist, BC Children’s Hospital Neuropsychiatry Clinic

Co-sponsored by the Greater Vancouver Chapter of the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada.

Frames of Mind is a monthly film event utilizing film and video to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness.

Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Director of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.