Short films about Tourette's syndrome and tic disorders to be screened at Mission Bay

By Nicholas Roznovsky

Two short films about Tourette's syndrome and tic disorders will be screened next week on the UCSF Mission Bay Campus. The free screenings, sponsored by the UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach, will be held at noon on Wednesday, April 27 in Byers Auditorium (located inside Genentech Hall) and open to the public.

In “Flying Anne,” the filmmakers present a compelling portrait of 11-year-old Anne, who is struggling with Tourette’s syndrome in her school setting. In “Perfect,” Julius meets with his psychologist after what he considers to be a disastrous first date due to his involuntary tics and odd preoccupations associated with his obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Together, these films present moving and candid portrayals of the struggles of two people with disabilities which are all but invisible to most, yet present excruciating challenges for those trying to overcome them.

After the screenings, Caitlin R. Costello, MD, from the Department of Psychiatry's Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, will chair a panel to discuss the films and take questions from the audience.

For more information about this event, contact the UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach at [email protected] or (415) 476-7700.